NEW DELHI, 08 April 2016
American officials say that this visit is at the personal invitation of Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the United States last December.
The United States Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, is visiting India from April 10-12 and will be in Goa and Delhi. American officials say that this visit is at the personal invitation of Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the United States last December. During this visit, Parrikar became the first Indian Defence Minister to be hosted aboard an American aircraft carrier, USS S Dwight D Eisenhower, and witness flying exercises. Before going to the Pentagon, Parrikar was also invited to visit Honolulu in Hawaii. As a reciprocal gesture, Parrikar has now invited Carter to Goa where both will be boarding the Indian aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya at Karwar naval base. This is the first time an American Defence Secretary will be boarding the Russian-built carrier which was inducted into the Indian Navy in 2014. The two will also be boarding the USS Blue Ridge, which is the oldest ship in the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy… READ MORE
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.