In a small however important transfer, India and america have determined to discover the chances of Indian shipyards not solely sustaining but additionally repairing American navy ships.
That is anticipated 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 Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
“To additional improve defence industrial cooperation within the naval sector, each side agreed to discover prospects of utilising the Indian shipyards for restore and upkeep of ships of the US Maritime Sealift Command (MSC) to assist mid-voyage restore of US Naval ships,” mentioned the joint assertion issued after the two+2 assembly.
Over the previous decade, there was enhanced cooperation between Indian and American militaries, specifically among the many militaries within the Indo-Pacific area.
Notably, Navy Sealift Command ships are made up of a core fleet of ships owned by america Navy and others beneath long-term-charter augmented by short-term or voyage-chartered ships.
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