UK ships to make beeline at Indian dockyards after Feb exercise
Last year, the Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft had carried out refuelling twice at the Indian air bases.
NEW DELHI: In an impressive milestone towards strengthening India-United Kingdom (UK) bilateral military relationship, the UK Navy warships will undergo maintenance and repair at Indian dockyards.
“The Littoral Response Group plans to conduct maritime exercises with the Indian Navy soon. Once the exercise gets over, the warships will be docked for maintenance and repair in India,” sources said.
Last year, the Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft had carried out refuelling twice at the Indian air bases. It included the four Typhoons and one Voyager, making a refuelling stop in Hyderabad in September 2023, in a sign of a deepening military partnership between India and the United Kingdom. The RAF is the UK’s air and space force.
The US Navy has been the first force which got its ships undergo repairs in India with the US Navy Ship (USNS) Charles Drew undergoing repair and allied services in Chennai in August 2022. USNS Matthew Perry was the second ship of the US Navy to complete maintenance works in India in March 2023. On Wednesday, the British High Commission (BHC) had confirmed the plans to send the UK’s high-readiness Littoral Response Group to Indian Ocean Region in 2024, and the Carrier Strike Group in 2025 for a joint training.