Chennai, July 10 (BPNS)
Military Sealift Command’s rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) has arrived at Larsen & Toubro Ltd, commonly known as L&T Shipyard, in Kattupalli near Chennai, India, for voyage repairs. The Naval ship reached the L&T shipyard on Sunday,July 9,2023.
USNS Salvor is the third U.S. Navy ship visiting L&T Shipyard for voyage repairs, after USNS Charles Drew and USNS Matthew Perry.
It is to be noted that USNS Salvor is a Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) rescue and salvage ship (T-ARS 52). This is a rescue and salvage ship and is used as a platform to support recovery missions.
USNS Salvor is owned by the government of the United States of America and one of only two rescue and salvage vessels in the MSC inventory and the only ship of its kind in the Far East.
The USNS Salvor serves as an element of the United States Navy’s Combat Logistics Support Force and provides rescue and salvage services to the fleet at sea.
The USNS Salvor, which was welcomed with a ceremony at L&T Shipyard on Monday, July 10, was the first ship to arrive after the signing of the landmark five-year Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) between the U.S. Navy and L&T.
U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin, U.S. Embassy New Delhi’s Office of Defense Cooperation chief Capt. Michael L. Farmer, L&T Defense Business Executive Vice President and Head A.T. Ramchandani, senior U.S. Embassy officials, and L&T leadership attended the ceremony.
U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin said: “This Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) is yet another milestone in our ever-expanding U.S.-India partnership. This historic agreement is a direct outcome of the 2022 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue and demonstrates U.S. commitment to utilizing repair facilities on a regular basis at the L&T Shipyard in Kattupalli. This agreement will serve to strengthen our two nations’ strategic partnership and contribute to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”