Landing ship INS Shardul is expected to ‘tentatively' replace the soon-to-be-decommissioned INS Krishna in the Navy's First Training Squadron.

According to sources, the landing vessel will join the First Training Squadron comprising INS Tir, INS Tarangini and a Coast Guard vessel for a period of six months as a stop-gap arrangement until one of the under-refit Sukanya class patrol vessels is available for operation.

“INS Sujata, which is under refit, is being converted into a training vessel equipping it with living space and other facilities for cadets. This will most likely join the First Squadron in another six months' time,” said sources.


INS Krishna to make its last voyage January 17, 2012

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