A day after India and the US agreed to share military supplies and fuel to enhance military capabilities, Indian Navy chief RK Dhowan on Wednesday said that both countries will enhance combat capabilities.
Speaking at the naval investiture ceremony onboard INS Virat at Mumbai dockyard, Admiral RK Dhowan said that Indian Navy will continue to grow from strength to strength to safeguard country’s maritime interest.
RK Dhowan who is onboard INS Vikrant on Wednesday to present Naval Gallantry awards praised Indian navy’s contribution during natural calamities, especially during Chennai floods he said that navy has provided relief and assistance.
“During Chennai floods and more recently during sad incident in Kerala navy has helped the survivors of the tragic incident to move to hospitals and airlift them to safe place,” he said.
While addressing media the navy chief said Indo-US joint cooperation is an ongoing process and it will benefit India achieve maritime expertise. Dhowan also said that as part of technical cooperation India is also keen on working with US on aspects of future aircraft carriers.
“As what has been decided by Defence Minister yesterday we will take cooperation between submarine forces of both navies together further and strengthen our capabilities, “said Dhowan
On Tuesday, India and US have come to an in-principle agreement to ink a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMA) to provide supplies and fuel to each other’s armed forces
The decision was taken when Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met with his US counterpart Ashton Carter in New Delhi on Tuesday.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter visited the national capital on Tuesday and met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to finalise four government-to-government project agreements in the area of science and technology cooperation.
These agreements include projects like Atmospheric Sciences for High Energy Lasers, Cognitive Tools for Target Detection, Small Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Blast and Blunt Traumatic Brain Injury.