The Indian Navy has an urgent requirement for warships that can transport at least 3000 fully armed troops and speedily disembark them on land. The Navy’s current “Landing Ships” are either too old or too small. The largest Landing Platform Dock (LPD) in the navy’s inventory is the INS Jalashwa, was imported from the US in 2007, but it has aged despite refurbishment. It was commissioned as the USS Trenton in 1971. The Navy wants at least three LPDs for the kind of operations that it is preparing for in waters just off Indian shores.