On Friday, the US Coast Guard vessel USCGC Midgett sailed and is anchored in the southern Indian city of Chennai as part of a four-day visit. The visiting crew is expected to have bilateral professional exchanges in port and at sea, sharing expertise and best practices with the Indian Coast Guard.
USCGC Midgett’s mission is to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific through cooperation and maritime domain awareness with the Indian Coast Guard. USCGC Midgett’s visit aims to reiterate the 75-year partnership between the United States and India and strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
At 418 feet long and 54 feet wide, the Midgett is the largest and most technologically advanced of the US Coast Guard’s newest class of ships. During this voyage, the Midgett navigated the waters of the region, interacted with her counterparts in the Philippines, Singapore and also participated in bilateral exercises.
It is capable of executing the most challenging operations, including supporting maritime homeland defense and security missions, and is equipped with a UAS Scan Eagle drone, MH-65 helicopter and other point.
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“As we spend the next four days with our Indian Coast Guard partners, we will work to advance our capabilities and interoperability through meaningful human interactions with our like-minded partners who share similar values and a commitment to of a free and open Indo-Pacific.” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Willie Carmichael, commanding officer of USCGCS, Midgett.
Welcoming the Midgett to Chennai, US Consul General in Chennai, Judith Ravin said, “The United States is a proud Indo-Pacific nation and our vital interests are inextricably linked to the region. India is an important partner of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. I am confident that the U.S.-India partnership during USCGC Midgett’s visit will further strengthen our bond toward a shared vision of a free and secure Indo-Pacific.
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