This maritime partnership is still a work in progress

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This maritime partnership is still a work in progress

  • The recent docking of USNS Charles Drew, a United States Navy dry cargo ship, for repairs at an Indian facility in Chennai, marks an important milestone in the India U.S. military relationship.
  • Discussed in recently held 2+2 dialogue

Indo-US Strategic Partnership:

  • It is founded on shared values including
  • A commitment to democracy
  • Upholding the rules-based international system.
  • Shared interests:
  • Promoting global security and stability,
  • Economic prosperity through trade, investment, and connectivity.

Implications of Recent Docking

  • Functional Implications
  • Signals a more efficient leveraging of LEMOA signed with the U.S. in 2017.
  • Provide access to India to US repair facilities in Asia and beyond.
  • A global endorsement of Indian shipbuilding and ship-repair capabilities.
  • Geo-political implication:
  • Signals a consolidation of the India-U.S. partnership, and QUAD.
  • Suggests greater Indian readiness to accommodate the maritime interests of Quad partners.
  • Would culminate in India opening up its naval bases for friendly foreign warships.

CMF cooperation

  • Indian Navy has formally commenced its cooperation with the Bahrain-based multilateral partnership, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), as an ‘associate member’.
  • Demonstrates Indian commitment towards the collective responsibility of ensuring security in the shared commons.