Hyderabad: The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, USS John P Murtha (LPD 26) from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Visakhapatnam for a port call on Tuesday.
During the visit, sailors and marines will work to enhance United States and Indian military cooperation by conducting professional exchanges with their Indian counterparts and will have the opportunity to experience India, according to press release.
This is the continuation of a relationship critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans, said Capt. Kevin Lane, commanding officer, USS John P. Murtha.
“We look forward to enhancing our partnership with India, experiencing local culture and recharging with some well-deserved rest”, he said.
U.S. Consul General, Katherine Hadda greeted the ship’s arrival. “This visit builds on the growing Indo-Pacific defense collaboration between the United States and this region of India, and the many substantive exchanges during this visit will further solidify our partnership,” she said.
Sailors and marines will strengthen partnerships between the United States and India by hosting a group of young women from St. Joseph’s College for Women, who are engaged in U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad’s English ACCESS microscholarship program, for a ship tour aboard John P. Murtha.
USS John P. Murtha is the 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship of the United States Navy and is named in the honor of Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania and homeported in San Diego and is part of Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet.