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 growing cooperation between our navies and our shared commitment to the rule of law, freedom of navigation, and free and fair trade.

Secretary Spencer said, “The relationship between the United States and India is based on our shared values and desire to preserve peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and across the seas. India is a model for peacefully resolving maritime border disputes and a strong provider of security. We look forward once again to joining the Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in the Malabar exercise to be hosted in the Pacific next year.”

Secretary Spencer will depart on December 23.