US Navy ship docks in India for the first time for repairs

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American Naval Ship Charles Drew arrived in India for the first time on 7 August for repairs and maintenance at L&T Kattupalli Shipyard at Ennore near Chennai.

Important facts

  • This will be the first time that a US Navy ship is being repaired at an Indian shipyard.

  • India had proposed during the 2+2 dialogue in April that the US Navy could leverage the services and expertise of the Indian shipyard.

  • The repair of US Navy ships at the Indian shipyard has been enabled due to the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016.

  • LEMOA facilitates the exchange of goods and munitions between the two navies.

  • The USNS Charles Drew will be at Kattupalli shipyard for 11 days and undergo repairs in various areas.

  • It is a new dimension to the fast expanding Indo-US strategic partnership.

Major Shipyards in India

  • Cochin Shipyard Limited - Cochin/Kochi    - Kerala

  • Hindustan Shipyard Limited - Visakhapatnam - Andhra Pradesh

  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers - Kolkata - West Bengal

  • Goa Shipyard Limited - Goa - Goa

  • L&T Shipbuilding Limited - Hazira - Gujarat

  • ABG Shipyard Limited - Mumbai - Maharashtra

Largest Shipyard in India and the world

  • Cochin Shipyard is the largest shipyard in India.

  • In terms of revenue, the largest revenue generated by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers is ₹1,658.79 crore.

  • INS Vikrant, India's first indigenous aircraft carrier is being built by Cochin Shipyard.

  • Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea is the largest dockyard in the world.

  • Seawise Giant is the largest ship ever built in history. It was made in Japan by Sumitomo Heavy Industries.

  • INS Vikramaditya is India's largest aircraft carrier and warship.

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