The U.S. Navy’s Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, USNS Matthew Perry, has efficiently accomplished upkeep and restore work at L&T shipyard in Kattupalli close to Chennai. The upkeep and restore work started on March 11 and was accomplished on March 27.
USNS Matthew Perry is the second ship of the U.S. Navy to finish upkeep works at L&T shipyard after USNS Charles Drew accomplished voyage restore in August final 12 months.
A press launch stated that the bigger scope of labor on Matthew Perry displays the U.S. Navy’s intention to work in direction of routinely undertaking a broader scope of vessel repairs and demonstrates the dedication of the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense to utilise restore services in India after U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed intent on the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in Washington, D.C. in April final 12 months.
The U.S. Consul General in Chennai, Judith Ravin, stated, “The United States is a proud Indo-Pacific nation, and our vital interests are inextricably tied to the region. India is an important partner of the U.S. in the Indo Pacific. I am confident the USNS Matthew Perry’s maintenance and repair works in India will further strengthen our bond. Our shipping industries positively contribute to a free and open Indo-Pacific by partnering to deliver effective, efficient, and economical repair of military vessels.”
The USNS Matthew Perry was named after Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), who served in the course of the War of 1812 and the Mexican American War and was despatched to suppress piracy and slave commerce within the West Indies.