The US Congressional House Committee on
Armed Services led by US Congressman Mr. Robert Wittman, visited the Western
Naval Command on 24th August 2017. Mr Wittman who is also Chairman of Seapower
and Projection Forces Subcommittee, was accompanied by Congresswoman Ms
Madeleine Bordallo and Mr Edgard Kagan, US Consul General in Mumbai.
The nine member delegation interacted
with Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding–in-Chief, Western
Naval Command and was also briefed on the Western Naval Command and the Indian
Navy's operations on the Western Seaboard. Issues of mutual interest such as
Indo-US relations, bilateral naval cooperation and maritime security were
The delegation also undertook a
windshield tour of the Naval Dockyard at Mumbai and visited the indigenously
built newly commissioned Kolkata class destroyer INS Chennai.