Indian Navy gets warship to ferry tanks

Terming it a ‘step forward to fulfil the nation’s desire to indigenise naval ships’, Defence Minister A.K. Antony has commissioned the largest tank landing ship in the Indian Navy.

‘(INS Shardul) will add to the amphibious warfare capabilities of the Indian Navy,’ Antony said during the brief commissioning ceremony at the Karwar Naval Base here Thursday.

He also noted that the troop landing ship USS Trenton, which the navy has acquired from the US and which is expected to join the fleet later this year, would also serve as a powerful force multiplier.

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