India to repair US Navy Ship Charles Drew

India to repair US Navy Ship Charles Drew
India to repair US Navy Ship Charles Drew

US Navy's Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) arrived at L&T’s Shipyard at Kattupalli, Chennai, on August 07, 2022, to undertake 11-day-long repairs and allied services. This is the first time a US Navy ship has been repaired in India. The US Navy had awarded a contract for ship maintenance to L&T’s Shipyard in Kattupalli. Indian media considers it a huge boost to ‘Make in India’ & ‘Aatmanirbharta in Defence’.


Indian Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Flag Officer Commanding Tamil Nadu & Puducherry Naval Area Rear Admiral S Venkat Raman and other senior officials from the Defence ministry visited the shipyard to welcome the vessel.

India to repair US Navy Ship Charles Drew

Dr Ajay Kumar described the arrival of USNS Charles Drew for repairs as a sign of maturing the Indian shipbuilding industry, with the remark that India has six major shipyards with a turnover of nearly $2 billion.

India to repair US Navy Ship Charles Drew

Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship delivers supplies to customer ships at sea — ammunition, food, repair parts, stores and small quantities of fuel.