Me feels the folks are slowly leaning on the Singaporean LPD..
From Asian Military Review, Feb 2011 Issue...
New Export Amphibious Design
In October 2010, Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) unveiled a new amphibious ship design, the Endurance 160 Helicopter Support Ship (LHD). A variant of the Endurance class Landing Platform-Dock (LPD), the 14,500 ton Endurance 160 LHD features a 146-meter (478 ft) full length flight deck with five landing spots, an island superstructure with a single enclosed mast and two deck elevators.
AMI assesses that this design will primarily be offered for export as the Republic of Singapore Navy‘s (RSN) Endurance class still has over half of its service life remaining. An export LHD model would be a boom to Singapore‘s industrial base as ST Marine has completed the indigenous Formidable class frigate program and has no major indigenous or export naval work in the near term and would like to exploit the foreign market for amphibious vessels.
The design would meet a growing requirement in the region for larger multi-purpose expeditionary ships.
The ST Marine LHD design could be a possible choice for regional countries such Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines that are looking at acquire more capable amphibious ships.
Platform specifications for the Endurance 160 are as follows:
Endurance 160 LHD
Length 163m (534.6ft)
Beam 25.6m (83.9ft)
Speed (Max) 22-knots
Range 7,000nm at 15-knots
Troop Capacity 400
Displayed by ST Marine at Euronaval 2010, the Endurance 160 design is expected to be highly automated (hence the reduced complement compared to similar ship designs). Though the Endurance 160 does not incorporate bow doors for a ―drive through‖ capability; future design options may incorporate this feature. One medium caliber gun and a close-in weapon system (CIWS) were each located on the bow and stern, port and starboard side. A deck launched, point defense missile system was not evident, though adequate space is available. The Endurance 160 class will likely carry up to five large helicopters, two landing craft-utility and 2 LCVP type craft, and unmanned surface vessels (USV), such as the Protector.