The 13 member US delegation visited some key sites besides INS Vikramaditya
The 4th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Co-operation (JWGACTC) concluded on November 3 in New Delhi. The meeting, constituted under the auspices of the Indo-US Defence Trade and Technology initiative, was organised in India from October 29.
The delegation from the United States comprised 13 members and was headed by Program Executive Officer Aircraft Carriers, Rear Admiral Brian Antonio. The delegation visited the shore based test facility in Goa, Naval Base at Karwar, INS Vikramaditya at sea, Mazagaon Dock Limited and headquarters Western Naval Command.
The concluding session of the Joint Working Group Meeting was co-chaired by Controller Warship Production and Acquisition, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande and, Program Executive Officer Aircraft Carriers, Rear Admiral Brian Antonio.
During the meeting, according to a statement issued, both the sides acknowledged the significant achievements of the Joint Working Group so far and discussed plans for future co-operation under various aspects of aircraft carrier technology such as design optimisation, construction philosophy, trials procedure and project management. The meeting, on its concluding day, also witnessed a joint statement being signed by the two sides.
The two sides have also agreed to meet in the US early 2018.