Japan hosts Australia, India, U.S. in Naval Exercise Malabar 2022

This year marks the 26th iteration of the Malabar series of exercises, which began in 1992 between the United States and India. The exercise has evolved in scope and partnerships and now includes Japan and Australia. This is the third time that all four nations have participated in Malabar to advance the collective planning, integration ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Welcomes Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh to the Pentagon

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LLOYD J. AUSTIN III: Well, Minister Singh, welcome to Washington, and it’s great to see you again. It’s a real pleasure to host you here at the Pentagon. We’re meeting at a critical moment in the U.S.-India defense partnership, and thanks to decades of hard work, we have built the foundation of ... Read More»

U.S. and Indian Army Kick-Off Exercise Yudh Abhyas in Alaska

Oct., 15, 2021, paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, “Spartan Brigade,” and Indian Army troops from 7th Battalion, The Madras Regiment, “Shandaar Saath,” marked the beginning of exercise Yudh Abhyas 21 with a ceremony here. Approximately 350 Indian Army troops and 400 U.S. paratroopers will participate in the two-week ... Read More»

CNO Visits Western Naval Command Headquarters; Delivers Keynote Address to Indian Navy

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday visited India’s Western Naval Command Oct. 15 and delivered remarks to the Indian Navy. During his speech, live-streamed to the Indian Navy, Gilday said that our economies, values and cultures are more connected to the sea than ever before. “Providing a safe, secure and stable maritime system ... Read More»

CNO Delivers an Address to the Indian Western Naval Command

Thank you for that kind introduction. Vice Admiral Hampiholi  … Rear Admiral Raman … Consul General Ranz, Officers and Sailors of the Indian Navy … professors and students of the War College … … cadets of the Indian Naval Academy … Training officers in Kochi .. and those here in Mumbai… thank you inviting me to say a few ... Read More»

Australia, India, Japan, and U.S. Kick-off Phase II: MALABAR 2021

Maritime forces from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States began Phase II of Exercise MALABAR 2021 in the Bay of Bengal, Oct. 11. The U.S. Navy hosted this year’s annual maritime exercise which includes a variety of high-end tactical training, including specific interactions that are designed to enhance interoperability between the Royal Australian Navy ... Read More»

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday to Visit India

Gilday is visiting India to reaffirm the growing level of naval cooperation between the two nations. “Make no mistake, India is one of our closest strategic partners, and our relationship is a stronghold of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Gilday. “This visit is a great opportunity for me to meet with my counterpart in ... Read More»

Readout of U.S.-India 2+2 Intercessional Dialogue

Department of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Col. Martin Meiners provided the following readout: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs Dr. Ely Ratner co-chaired the fifth U.S. – India 2+2 Intercessional Dialogue, Sept. 1, alongside Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Ervin Massinga, Joint Secretary Somnath Ghosh of the Indian ... Read More»

U.S. INDOPACOM Commander Visits India

Adm. John C. Aquilino, the commander for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, traveled to India this week to meet with senior government and defense officials to further strengthen our Major Defense Partnership with India. “Our network of allies and partners are our greatest strength and a center of gravity in the Indo-Pacific,” Aquilino said. “Our relationship with ... Read More»

U.S. Special Operations Command Leadership Visits India

The Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Gen. Richard D. Clarke, visited with Indian defense officials and U.S. Embassy New Delhi today. The meetings are part of a routine visit through multiple countries in Asia. Clarke began the trip honoring India’s fallen service members by laying a wreath at the National War Memorial. “We are ... Read More»

U.S., India Elevate Combined Joint Maritime Training with Multi-Axis Integration

U.S. Navy and Indian armed forces again joined together to conduct integrated sea and air engagements off the coast of India, June 23-24. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5) participated in joint multi-domain engagements with the Indian Navy and Air Force. These engagements are designed to build on the high-caliber integration achieved during ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Austin Joint Remarks with Indian Defense Minister Singh

STAFF: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  His excellency Lloyd James Austin, Secretary of Defense for the United States of America.  His excellency Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, Defense Minister of India. Delegation members from both countries. (Inaudible) and the media.  As you are aware, our two delegations have just concluded their talks on defense cooperation. ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin to Visit India

The Defense Department announced today the first international trip by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who will visit three nations in the Indo-Pacific region to discuss the strengthening of existing partnerships and alliances there. The secretary will depart on Saturday to visit the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii, followed by visits with ... Read More»

U.S. and Indian Armies Participate in Exercise Yudh Abhyas

Soldiers from the U.S. and Indian Armies will participate in exercise Yudh Abhyas 20 from February 8-21, 2021, at Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) in Rajasthan. This U.S. Army Pacific-sponsored exercise involves approximately 250 U.S. and 250 Indian army soldiers. This annual training exercise enhances combined interoperability capabilities through training and cultural exchange, which foster ... Read More»

Sec Pompeo, Sec Esper, Min Singh, & Min Jaishankar Opening Statements at U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

DEFENSE MINISTER SINGH:  (Via interpreter)  Mr. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, Dr. Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense, my esteemed colleague Dr. S. Jaishankar, distinguished members of the two delegations, a very warm welcome to both of the secretaries and your delegations.  Thank you for traveling all the way to New Delhi when traveling is still ... Read More»

Readout of the Bilateral Engagement With India Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met today with Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India.  Secretary Esper and Minister Singh applauded the strength of the defense relationship between the United States and India, and reinforced their commitment to deepening military-to-military cooperation, including joint-service cooperation; ... Read More»

Exercise Tiger TRIUMPH

VISAKHAPATHNAM, India — U.S. Marines and Sailors arrived aboard the USS Germantown (LSD 42) in Visakhapatnam, India, Nov. 13, 2019 to make history by participating in the first-ever tri-service exercise Tiger TRIUMPH between the U.S. and Indian. The exercise gave the U.S. and Indian forces the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn from each other ... Read More»

Indian and U.S. Defense Delegations Meet to Discuss Defense Cooperation

The 9th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting was held in New Delhi, India on October 24, 2019.  The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Subhash Chandra, Secretary, Defence Production, from the Indian Ministry of Defence and Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, from the U.S. Department of Defense.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Juster officially opens the “USA Partnership Pavilion” at Aero India 2019

Bengaluru:  The U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster officially opened the “USA Partnership Pavilion” at the Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru on Wednesday, February 20. Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ambassador Juster said, “At Aero India, the United States is proud to showcase some of the world’s most advanced aerospace, defense, and communications ... Read More»

The United States and India: Aerospace Partners at Aero India 2019

Bengaluru:  The United States is proud to be a leading contributor to Aero India 2019, and seeks to deepen its defense cooperation and strategic partnership with India.  The high-level U.S. delegation, impressive array of U.S. military platforms and personnel, and significant representation from U.S. industry are concrete examples of the growing defense ties between the ... Read More»

U.S. Seventh Fleet Expands Cooperation with Indian Navy in New Delhi

U.S. 7th Fleet and Indian Navy officials convened the 21st Executive Steering Group on bilateral naval cooperation in New Delhi, India, Dec. 12. Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer co-chaired the two-day conference with Indian Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. G. Ashok Kumar. The leaders reviewed progress of current initiatives and ... Read More»

India’s Minister of Defense Visits USINDOPACOM Forces in Hawaii

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), Adm. Phil Davidson, hosted India’s Minister of Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman, for her first visit to USINDOPACOM headquarters, Dec. 6. “I was extremely pleased to host the Honorable Minister of Defense, Nirmala Sitharaman here in Hawaii,” said Davidson. “Our two democratic nations are committed to upholding a ... Read More»

US, India Join Forces in Bilateral Flying Training

The U.S. and Indian air forces are scheduled to participate in exercise Cope India 2019 (CI19) at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air Station Arjan Singh, India, Dec. 3-14, 2018. Exercise CI19 is a long-standing bilateral U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored field training exercise focused on enhancing U.S.-Indian mutual cooperation by building on existing capabilities, aircrew tactics ... Read More»

Closing Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue

Remarks by: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman MINISTER SWARAJ: (Via interpreter) Secretary of State Mr. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mr. Mattis, my cabinet colleague Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, ladies and gentlemen, and my friends from the media: We have just ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to India on September 6, 2018, for the inaugural U.S.-India Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue. They welcomed the launch of the 2+2 Dialogue as a reflection of the shared commitment by ... Read More»

Opening Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue

Remarks by: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman MINISTER SWARAJ: Secretary of State Mr. Michael Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mr. James Mattis, my esteemed colleague Nirmala Sitharaman, Excellencies: I extend a very warm welcome to you to India. We are ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo met today in New Delhi, India with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj ahead of the opening of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Swaraj discussed joint efforts to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. The Secretary and Minister Swaraj also ... Read More»

United States and India to Hold 2+2 Dialogue on September 6

The United States is pleased to announce that the inaugural U.S.-India “2+2” Dialogue will be held in New Delhi, India, on September 6. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis look forward to meeting with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman, ... Read More»

United States and India To Hold 2+2 Dialogue on July 6

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue on July 6. The meeting will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India ... Read More»

U.S., JMSDF and Indian Naval Forces Conclude Malabar 2018

Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs Lt. Cmdr. William Knight pao@ctf70.navy.mil June 19, 2018 Release #032-18 By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William McCann, USS Antietam (CG 54) Public Affairs PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) – Trilateral maritime exercise Malabar 2018 was conducted off the coast of Guam from June 7 through June 16. Initiated in 1992 ... Read More»

Indian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces to participate in exercise Malabar 2018

By Commander, Task Force 70 Public Affairs | | May 31, 2018 YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) – Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2018, in mid-summer 2018 off the coast of Guam. Malabar 2018 is the first time the exercise has been conducted off the coast ... Read More»

U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership Highlighted at DEFEXPO 2018

CHENNAI: U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster and Major General Bryan Suntheimer, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, led a large and diverse U.S. delegation to DEFEXPO 2018, the key defense trade exhibition for India and the region. The delegation included active duty military officers, officials, and industry executives, demonstrating the depth and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the USA Partnership Pavilion Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at DefExpo 2018

Introduction Thank you for that kind introduction.  I would like to thank the Kallman team, your sponsors, and the industry associations – AMCHAM, USIBC, and USISPF – for the great job you have done in organizing the USA Partnership Pavilion.  I know a lot of work goes into arranging events of this magnitude, and it ... Read More»

U.S. Participation in DEFEXPO 2018 Demonstrates Commitment to U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership Relationship

CHENNAI: A large and diverse U.S. delegation will attend DEFEXPO 2018, a key defense trade event in India and the region. The delegation will include active duty military officers, government officials, and industry executives – demonstrating the depth and breadth of the commitment of the United States to the U.S.-India Major Defense Partner relationship. The ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at DefExpo 2018 U.S. Industry Networking Reception

Introduction Thank you, Phil, for your kind introduction.  Good afternoon everyone.  It is great to be here in Chennai.  I would like to thank AmCham, USIBC, and USISPF for jointly hosting this event and for all of their excellent support to the defense industry.  And a warm welcome to Major General Suntheimer, Deputy Commanding General ... Read More»

Indo-U.S. Delegation Meets on February 26, 2018 for Defense Cooperation

As part of Indo-U.S. Bilateral Defense Cooperation, the 8th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Inter Agency Task Force Meeting was held on 26th  February 2018 in New Delhi. The meeting was Co-chaired by Vice Admiral AK Jain, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and Mr Matthew Warren Acting Director, International Cooperation. DTTI was initiated ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Discusses Strengthening the Strategic Military-to-Military Partnership with the Republic of India

The U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein departed New Delhi Sunday following meetings with U.S. Embassy leadership as well as Republic of India military leadership to discuss strengthening the strategic military-to-military partnership with India. On Wednesday, Gen. Goldfein met with U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of India, Hon. Kenneth I. Juster. ... Read More»

Full Transcript: Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster’s Inaugural Policy Address

U.S.-India Relations: Building a Durable Partnership for the 21st Century Dr. Mohan:  Good afternoon.  I’m Raja Mohan, the Director for Carnegie India.  I’d like to welcome you all for this very special session with the new U.S. Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster.  He’s the new Ambassador, but I think he’s an old friend of India’s, ... Read More»

U.S. Navy Secretary Visits India

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer arrived in New Delhi yesterday for meetings with his counterparts in the Government of India. This is his first visit to India as Secretary of the Navy. Secretary Spencer met with Foreign Secretary Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba to discuss the ... Read More»

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Travels to India

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will embark on Sunday, Sept. 24, to underscore the enduring U.S. commitment to strategic partner India. From Tuesday, Sept. 26. to Sept. 28, Secretary Mattis visits India where he will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the India Gate, and will meet with the Defense Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman, ... Read More»

Malabar exercise helps ensure that India, Japan, US are ready to protect shared interests in the Indo-Pacific

July 11, 2017 | Op-Ed by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson in the Times of India Billions of dollars’ worth of commerce and millions of tons of cargo move through the Bay of Bengal each year, but this week the Bay is especially active as vessels from the US Navy, Indian Navy, and the Japanese Maritime ... Read More»

U.S.-India Strategic Partnership on Display at Aero India 2017

Bengaluru — The United States is proud to be a leading contributor to Aero India 2017.  Our robust participation is a testament to the strength of the United States and India’s strategic partnership.  The high-level U.S. delegation, impressive array of American military platforms and personnel, and significant representation from U.S. industry are a concrete example ... Read More»

U.S. – India Defense Relations Fact Sheet, December 8, 2016

Today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited India for the third time since becoming Secretary of Defense, for his seventh meeting with Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar. In his many years at the Department of Defense, Ash Carter has spearheaded efforts to deepen and broaden U.S.-India Defense cooperation. As a result, the United States and India today ... Read More»

India-United States Joint Statement on the visit of Secretary of Defense Carter to India, December 8, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made an official visit to India at the invitation of Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar today, marking the seventh interaction between the two leaders.  Raksha Mantri Parrikar and Secretary Carter reviewed the tremendous progress made in bilateral defense ties and discussed the immense promise for the future of India-U.S. ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary Carter’s Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout Today Secretary Carter met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his final trip to India as U.S. secretary of defense. The two discussed the tremendous progress in bilateral defense ties between the United States and India and the irreversible progress the strategic partnership has enjoyed ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Verma on the M777 Howitzer Acquisition

Yesterday, India and the United States signed a landmark deal for 145 M777 howitzer artillery guns.  Indian industry will partner with the U.S. defense subsidiary of BAE Systems to locally assemble, integrate, and test the howitzers, supporting Prime Minister Modi’s Make-in-India campaign.  This deal marks a major step forward in the U.S.-India defense relationship and ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Secretary Discusses Future Air Force to Air Force Cooperation with Defense Leaders

DELHI – U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James departed Delhi August 28th following meetings with Indian defense leadership. During her three-day stay she met with various senior defense leaders including Secretary Department of Defence Production Ashok Kumar Gupta, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Birender ... Read More»

Under Secretary Kendall visits India

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics at the U.S. Department of Defense visited India from July 25-28. During his visit he took part in the semi-annual Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) and had fruitful meetings with his counterparts at the Ministry of Defence in Delhi. USD Kendall and his ... Read More»

“United States and India: Total Security Partners” – Remarks by Ambassador Verma at the Heritage Foundation

Thank you Assistant Secretary Biswal, Ambassador Singh, distinguished panelists and guests. It’s good to be back in Washington for Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit and to have this opportunity to reconnect with so many close friends. Selfishly for me, it’s a welcome reprieve from the Delhi heat – the temperature there today is 107 degrees! ... Read More»

U.S., Indian and Japanese Maritime Forces to Participate in Malabar 2016

Sasebo, Japan | June 9, 2016 By Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 Public Affairs SASEBO, JAPAN (June 9, 2016) – Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in the annual exercise Malabar 2016, June 9-17, 2016. Malabar 2016 is the latest in a continuing series of complex, high-end ... Read More»

Remarks by Sec. of Defense Ash Carter on “America’s Growing Security Network in the Asia-Pacific” at Council on Foreign Relations

New York | April 8, 2016 (As Delivered) Good afternoon everyone, and, Richard, thanks. Thanks so much for those words, for decades of friendship, your leadership here at the Council, and above all for your public service, which continues, as Richard is a member of the Department’s Defense Policy Board, we count on him for ... Read More»
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