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Third Indian Shipyard Signs Maintenance Agreement With US Navy

India’s Cochin Shipyard Limited has signed a maintenance and repair agreement with the US Navy.

The third Master Shipyard Repair Agreement with an Indian company follows agreements with Larsen & Toubro in 2023 for Mazagon Dock and Kattupalli Port.

The US Navy’s effort to expand maintenance and repair centers in the Indo-Pacific stems from the limited availability of such facilities in the region.

Asian Naval Maintenance Hub

Additionally, India provides a safer option than facilities in Southeast Asia.

“Currently, there are a limited number of yards at which US vessels requiring maintenance can dock, and all of them are within striking range of Chinese forces,” USNI News wrote, citing Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro.

“While there are other facilities in Hawaii and the Continental United States, these are not readily available for forward-deployed assets.”

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (May 6, 2021) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) departs Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for sea trials, May 6, 2021. During their engineered overhaul (EOH) availability, the shipyard and crew performed essential repairs and modernization, as well as routine maintenance, to ensure the submarine operates at full technical capacity and mission capability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. Zingaro)
US Navy Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. Zingaro/US Navy

Japan as Potential Hub

The US is also exploring Japanese private shipyards as maintenance and repair hubs for the forward-deployed US naval assets.

Allowing complete maintenance at Asian centers will reduce downtime for US naval assets, improving the force’s preparedness for potential conflict.

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