News Desk, Tech for FTCP, New Delhi
Updated Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:41 AM IST
Indian warship fueled by American tanker
– Photo: Twitter @indiannavy
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An Indian Navy spokesman said, “On mission-based deployment in the North Arabian Sea, INS Talwar refueled with US Navy Yukon, a US Navy fleet tanker under LEMOA.” In 2016, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) was signed between India and the US.
#INSTalwar on #MissionBasedDeployment in Northern Arabian Sea undertook refuelling with @USNavy Fleet tanker #USNSYukon under #LEMOA (1/2). #BridgesofFriendship#Interoperability@SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia@MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @DDNewslive pic.twitter.com/ykiJQw7hsT
– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 14, 2020
The agreement allows the armies of both countries to use each other's bases for repair and replenishment and for deeper cooperation. India has signed similar agreements with France, Singapore, Australia and Japan. “This enables the presence to enhance maritime security, in addition to exposing the interoperability (the ability of computer systems or software to exchange information) between the Indian Navy and the US Navy,” the spokesperson said.
Indo-US defense relations have progressed over the years. The two countries signed another agreement in 2018 called the COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement), which allows both the armies to provide intraoperability and high technology sales from the US to India.
In July, the Indian Navy conducted a military exercise with the US Navy under the leadership of the USS Nimitz, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier off the coast of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The USS Nimitz is the largest warship in the world. Four frontline warships of the Indian Navy participated in the exercise with the US Navy.