The Indian Navy has bought over USS Trenton from the United States for $48.44 million. The ship has been renamed, the INS Jalashva (river horse, or hippopotamus) and was kept at Norfolk Naval Base for refitting until May 2007. Six UH-3 Sea King maritime utility transport helicopters will be operated from the ship.
The ship likely to be based at Visakhapatnam under the Eastern Naval Command. The ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 22 June 2007 at the Naval Station Norfolk, in United States. The ship was commissioned by Indian Ambassador to the United States Shri Ronan Sen. This is the first and only transfer of Naval ship from the United States to India.
Update: In the heat and din raised by the Malabar exercises in the Bay of Bengal, no one noticed that the INS Jalashwa has reached the Indian shores on September 10. Some respite from the commie dogs.