In a small but significant move, India and the United States have decided to explore the possibilities of Indian shipyards to not only maintain but also repair US Navy vessels.
This is expected to not only further boost India-US defense trade but also bring additional business to Indian shipyards. The decision in this regard was taken during the India-US 2+2 Ministerial meeting held in Washington on Monday.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin led the US delegation while the Indian delegation was led by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
“To further strengthen defense industrial cooperation in the naval sector, the two sides have agreed to explore the possibilities of utilizing Indian shipyards for the repair and maintenance of US Maritime Sealift Command (MSC) vessels to to support the mid-term repair of US Navy vessels,” said the joint statement released after the 2+2 meeting.
Over the past decade, cooperation between Indian and US militaries has increased, especially between militaries in the Indo-Pacific region.
Notably, Military Sealift Command vessels consist of a fleet of United States Navy-owned vessels and others under long-term charter, supplemented by vessels on short-term or voyage charter.
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