US Defence Secretary appreciates Indian Navy’s role in anti-piracy operations

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received a message from US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday expressing gratitude for the Indian Navy’s significant contribution to anti-piracy efforts in the Indian Ocean region.

The US Defense Secretary’s commendation of the Indian Navy was stated in a readout on the phone discussion between Austin and Singh that was released by the Ministry of Defence.

The two ministers reportedly discussed India’s intended purchase of 31 MQ-9B drones from the US through the foreign military sale (FMS) program.

The two ministers talked on how to carry out the comprehensive defense cooperation plan between the US and India, which aims to greatly strengthen strategic relations between the two nations.

“The US Secretary of Defence appreciated the important role being played by the Indian Navy in conducting anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean Region,” the ministry said.

On Friday, the Indian Navy executed a dramatic mid-sea operation rescuing 17 hostages and capturing 35 armed pirates around 2,600 km from the Indian coast after seizing a Maltese-flagged vessel that was hijacked on December 14.

පුවත යවන්න