USN's 7th Fleet Warships will now be maintained by India's Reliance Defence

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Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra)-controlled Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has signed the Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with the US Navy to maintain the vessels of its Seventh Fleet operating in the region, with the company estimating revenues of about Rs 15,000 crore ($10 billion) over next 3 -5 years.

The Reliance Shipyard at Pipavav in Gujarat, one of the largest drycocks in the world, was qualified by as an approved contractor in January 2017 to perform complex repair and alternation services for the US Navy.

The Reliance Shipyard is the first in India to have received MSRA Certification to undertake servicing and repairing work for the vessels of the Seventh Fleet. The fleet has about 100 vessels of different types including auxiliaries. Currently, these vessels visit Singapore or Japan for such works.

"Reliance Shipyard has been selected after a detailed site survey by US Government representatives in end October 2016," an RInfra satement said, adding: "This selection by the US Navy is a true recognition of the world-class facility, processes and the high standard of capability of Reliance Shipyard."

The MSRA is a spin-off from the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) signed on August 30, 2016 during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's visit to US. The negotiations for this had spanned over a decade.

The LEMOA is a tweaked India-specific version of the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) that the US has with several countries it has close military-to-military cooperation with.

The LEMOA gives both countries access to designated military facilities on either side for refuelling and replenishment. India and the US already hold large number of joint exercises during which payments are done each time, which is a long and tedious process.

Pursuant to the signing of LEMOA, the US Navy is believed to have conducted survey of various shipyards in India before qualifying the Reliance Shipyard at Pipavav as the one qualified to undertake complex repair and maintenance work.
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Was it the 7th fleet or 6th which invaded bay of Bengal back in 1971 ?
 

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Good to see our pvt arms companies rise up to the competition.
Yes! But we're 67 years too late! Thanks to the socialism of the Congress the private sector had always been kept out of defence related matters. Imagine, if we had started this even 30 years ago, we would have been the leading nation in shipbuilding and repairs. We would have been a net exporter of advanced weaponry too.

Anyway, it's never too late but it will take some doing to do catch-up with the West.
 

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Was it the 7th fleet or 6th which invaded bay of Bengal back in 1971 ?
On Dec. 8, 1971, the U.S. Seventh Fleet received orders to dispatch Task Force 74 to the Bay of Bengal. The battle group was centered around the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, accompanied by nine other ships including a nuclear attack submarine.


USS Enterprise 1971

The move occurred in the face of opposition from the naval leadership, including Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, who knew it could achieve little.

Enterprise departed from the Gulf of Tonkin — where it was deployed for the Vietnam War — on Dec. 10 and set sail for the Bay of Bengal, arriving on Dec. 15.

 

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Thank you Modi and your American ass licking for these generous Gift, @Kunal Biswas who needs enemy when your own people are filled with deep inferiority Complex. no wonder we were slave of Muslims and British for 1000s of years.now we are becoming little b!tch of America.
Actually inbred Muslaman rule never extended to entire India and obviously not for 1000 years for Present day India. In contrast Muslaman from this subcontinent were slaves of Sikhs, Dogras, and other Regional Hindu Rajas as well.


Hindu and Sikhs owned 2/3 of Land, Hospitals, schools and colleges in present day Porkistan before 1947. Karanchi and Lahore was the city of Hindus while Muslaman were mostly rural peasents.



Even today many Muslaman consider themselves a slave of Hindus and feel inferiority complex.
 

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This would help our private players to learn the first principles of maintaining a fleet and logistics. Building a carrier is pertained to be a difficult task, continuously maintaining it is a challenge. So if we build future fleets ourselves our private co's can provide us the experience they gained in maintaining the fleet. Thus reducing the gap of knowledge in maintenance and logistics by a decade or so.
 

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Strictly speaking in military sense, India was never conquered by any Islamic Invader as their was always resistance in form of unconventional warfare in large around all its regions, It was rather a struggle for conquest.

He is a false flagger with 10000 th ID. Kindly Check his posting history.
 

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http://www.indiatimes.com/news/indi...1-will-now-be-repaired-in-gujarat-271478.html


During the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the then US President Richard Nixon ordered the US Navy's seventh fleet, led by the USS Enterprise nuclear powered aircraft carrier into Bay of Bengal to threaten India to withdraw its offensive in what was then East Pakistan. Of course India was having none of it and asked friend Soviet Union for help. The Soviet Navy dispatched nuclear submarines and other surface ships to trail the Seventh Fleet Task Force 74.



But how times change. Now the ships of the same seventh fleet deal will undergo maintenance and repairs at Gujarat's Pipavav shipyard.

Reliance Defence has announced an agreement with the US Navy for repairs and servicing of warships at the Pipavav shipyard in Gujarat. The agreement will see warships from the US Navy's Seventh Fleet visiting the Indian facility for complex repair and alteration works.



REUETRS/REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

“Reliance Infrastructure (R-Infra) controlled Reliance Defence and Engineering (RDEL) has signed master ship repair agreement (MSRA) with the US Navy. In January this year, Reliance Shipyard was qualified by the US Navy as an approved contractor to perform complex repair and alternation services for its Seventh Fleet vessels operating in the region,” a press release by the company stated.



CHINDITS/REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

Sources said that the business expectations of the Indian company is in excess of Rs 15,000 crore in revenue over the next five years. The Indian shipyard is likely to handle various types of ships — front line warships, supply vessels and patrol vessels — that are part of the Seventh Fleet.

At present the US Navy uses yards in Singapore and Japan for these works. The company expects major work after the signing of the logistics exchange memorandum of agreement (LEMOA) in August last year that enables either side to use facilities for refuelling and replenishment.



REUETRS/REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

Reliance Shipyard says it is the first in the country to receive MSRA certification to undertake servicing and repairing works for the vessels of Seventh Fleet. “Reliance Shipyard has been selected after a detailed site survey by the US government representatives in end October 2016,” the company statement said.
 

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