INS Shardul is the lead ship of the Shardul class landing ships, large amphibious warfare vessels belonging to the Indian Navy. It was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January 4, 2007. A decade later, it conducted a two-month long surveillance of the Indian Ocean. It was deployed for Operation Samudra Sethu last year to repatriate stranded Indian citizens from foreign countries. As part of on-going Operation Samudra Sethu II, the vessel is bringing oxygen containers from Kuwait.