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Multi-Role Support Ship (MRSS)

The Indian Navy originally desired a LPD configuration for at-sea logistics and humanitarian relief operations. On December 13, 2009 it was reported that the Indian Navy planned to induct four Landing Platform Docks to join the fleet alongside INS Jalashwa. These ships would be 200 meters long and able to transport Main Battle tanks, heavy trucks, Armoured Personnel Vehicles and other heavy machinery. It would carry out operations with heavy-lift helicopters of the Navy. The four LPDs were to have a point missile defence system and a close-in weapon system to protect itself from enemy firing and aircraft.

By 2009 it appeared that the Navy developed a requirement for helicopter carriers (LHD) with rear flooding decks to accommodate wheeled/tracked amphibious assault vehicles and LCAC-type assault hovercraft. The MRSS may host at least six medium-lift utility helicopters. The Indian Navy planned to acquire up to three LPH-based multi-role support ships (MRSS)

The Navy was looking for a hybrid design called Multi-Role Support Vessel (MRSV) which is similar in design to the ARMARIS-built Mistral, Hanjin's Dokdo and the GNG's MHD-150. A total of eight companies had proposed designs:

14,500 tonsSouth KoreaHanjin Heavy Industries assault landing ship
15,000 tonsGermanyThyssenKrupp Marine SystemsMHD-150
16,160 tonsNetherlandsSchelde ShipbuildingEnforcer LPD
20,000 tonsItalyFinantieriLHD
21,300 tonsFranceArmarisMistral LHD
21,500 tonsSpainNavantiaStrategic Projection Ship
21,578 tonsUKBAE Systems MarineOcean-class LHD
25,000 tonsUSRaytheonSan Antonio-class LPD-17

The Enforcer Series was developed around three basic sizes, based on the vessel's beam. Selection of the most suitable platform configuration is done in close cooperation with the customer by analysis of the Concept of Operations and functional requirements. The 14,000 ton RNLN LPD "Rotterdam" was the first of the Enforcer Series, developed in close cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). This was followed by 4 16,160 ton RN LSD (A) Bay Class vessels and the RNLN Rotterdam-class LPD "Johan de Witt". The well deck arrangement varies between the Rotterdam and the Johan de Witt.

In January 2012 The Hindu reported that Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) expected to achieve a turnaround with the Ministry of Defence deciding in principle to award an order for construction of two Landing Platform Docks (LPDs). Each LPD, to be useful for strategic deployment as well as tackling disasters and other contingencies, was projected tol cost around Rs.4,000 crore. The order valued at Rs. 8,000 crore is expected in a few months, HSL Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral N.K. Mishra told The Hindu in an interview.



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