New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and Naval Station Norfolk on 17 December during his visit to the United States of America. The visit highlighted the depth of the India-US Defence partnership and the close ties between the Navies of the two countries. Rajnath Singh is in the United States for the India-US 2+2 Ministers Dialogue.
During the visit to NAS Oceana, Singh inspected a Boeing Mobile Flight Simulator, static display and F/A-18E flight demonstration. The Indian delegation also toured the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), located at Naval Station Norfolk.
Rajnath Singh was accompanied by Ambassador of India to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, other senior officials of the Government of India, and active-duty military officers.
The Indian delegation was greeted by Dr James Anderson, who is performing the duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Rear Admiral Roy Kelley; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for International Programs Rear Admiral Francis Morley; and Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana Capt. John Hewitt.
Singh said his visit reflected the strong Defence ties between India and the United States, and expressed hope that the relations will further strengthen in the near future.
The US officials said they were honoured to host Rajnath Singh and the Indian delegation to Naval Air Station Oceana and onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, adding that the visit will further bolster the partnerships between the two countries.
India and the United States continue to build Defence cooperation ties through military exercises, Defence trade and official visits & exchanges, including this visit to the largest US naval base in the world.
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