In a small however vital transfer, India and the United States have determined to discover the chances of Indian shipyards not solely sustaining but additionally repairing American navy ships.
This is predicted to not solely additional increase the India-US defence commerce, but additionally deliver extra enterprise to the Indian shipyards. The choice on this regard was taken through the India-US 2+2 ministerial assembly that was held in Washington on Monday.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken together with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin led the American delegation whereas the Indian delegation was led by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
“To further enhance defence industrial cooperation in the naval sector, both sides agreed to explore possibilities of utilising the Indian shipyards for repair and maintenance of ships of the US Maritime Sealift Command (MSC) to support mid-voyage repair of US Naval ships,” stated the joint assertion issued after the two+2 assembly.
Over the previous decade, there was enhanced cooperation between Indian and American militaries, particularly among the many militaries within the Indo-Pacific area.
Notably, Military Sealift Command ships are made up of a core fleet of ships owned by the United States Navy and others beneath long-term-charter augmented by short-term or voyage-chartered ships.
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