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In a first, US navy ship docks in India for repairs

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 8 | Issue Month:August | Issue Year:2022

A US Navy ship named ‘Charles Drew’ made history on Sunday when it landed in India for repairs and ancillary products and services at Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) Shipyard in Kattupalli, Chennai. This pass added a brand sleek part to the growing Indo-U.S. strategic cooperation.

“That is the first ever restore of a US Navy ship in India. The U.S. Navy had awarded a contract to L&T’s Shipyard at Kattupalli for mission upkeep of the ship. The tournament signifies the capabilities of Indian shipyards in the international ship repairing market,” a Defence Ministry commentary mentioned. 

As reported by The Hindu, the USNS Charles Drew will negate 11 days at the Kattupalli shipyard getting a bunch of repairs performed.

On the India-US 2+2 in April, each countries decided to ogle at the opportunity of the utilization of Indian shipyards for the repairs and restore of ships owned by the US Maritime Sealift Repeat in listing to relieve with mid-voyage repairs of US naval ships.

J.D. Patil, a member of the federal government council and advisor to the CEO of L&T for defence and well-organized technologies, acknowledged that the Marine Sealift Repeat of the U.S. Navy had performed an intensive evaluate of some Indian shipyards before approving L&T to take care of repairs on their vessels. He called this “a recognition for the usual infrastructure at the shipyard constructed to international standards.”

The arrival of the USNS Charles Drew for repairs, in accordance to Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar, is an emblem of a developing Indian shipbuilding industry. He called the event a “crimson-letter day” for the Indian shipbuilding industry and the Indo-US defence cooperation.

India for the time being has six indispensable shipyards with a mixed annual income of around $2 billion. We manufacture ships for applications rather then our hold wants. We relish now a invent studio on team that would possibly per chance make a bunch of reducing-edge ships. “A shimmering example of the expansion of the Indian shipbuilding sector is the nation’s first indigenous plane provider, Vikrant,” he remarked.

Dr. Kumar extra argued that India and the US relish been developing their relationship on the foundation of shared beliefs and views about “an delivery, inclusive, and rule-essentially based listing in the Indo-Pacific and relaxation of the international general methods.”

Consistent with Dr. Kumar, India will invent and bear its first colossal-scale marine diesel engine over the next two to three years.

He mentioned that a choice had been made to elongate the capabilities of naval shipyards and that marine diesel engines of six megawatts and extra shall be designed and manufactured in India, marking a indispensable bolt toward shipbuilding actions.

The Indian Navy will difficulty a query for proposals on this recognize. The decision to make the diesel marine engine under the “sign-one” ability, wherein the authorities contributes 70% of the mission brand for the invent and construction of the engine, has been made, he persevered.

From August 7 to August 17, the USNS Charles Drew ship shall be in the port for repairs.

Consistent with Judith Ravin, the US Consul Customary in Chennai, “US Secretary of Relate Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin restated their dedication to explore the utilization of Indian shipyards for repairs on US Navy vessels at the US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in April.

The L&T Kattupalli shipyard’s first restore of a United States Navy ship, the Charles Drew, is a indispensable accomplishment that must be recognised as a testomony to our deepened collaboration between the two countries.

The Voyage Restore Availability (VRS) of USNS Charles Drew at L&T Kattupalli, in accordance to Vice Chief of Naval Workers S.N. Ghormade, “reveals the roughly mutual belief and furthermore consolidates our role as a indispensable defence partner.” This significant step between India and the US would give a enhance to maritime cooperation as well.

Consistent with Dr. Kumar, the Indo-US Defense partnership has made unheard of strides in presumably the most modern few years. “We relish now viewed an amazing quantity of traction in the defence industry cooperation. India’s defence exports relish elevated very much for the reason that  closing four to 5 years. 

Exports relish elevated dramatically from 2015–2016 to the present. The US is a indispensable marketplace for Indian goods. This shipbuilding mission opens a brand sleek fragment of defence exports. That is a extra indication of the shipbuilding industry’s maturation, he persevered.

(With inputs from The Hindu)

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