Chennai: The US destroyer warship, USS Decatur, will dock at the Chennai port for four days under the command of Indian-American Shanti Sethi, an American embassy said.

“The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is led by Commander Shanti Sethi who is first female commanding officer of a US navy ship to visit Chennai,” said the embassy.

The primary mission of Decatur is to operate with Expeditionary Strike Groups and Carrier Strike Groups in high-threat environments. The ship can also provide essential escort capabilities to navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces, combat logistics ships, and convoys.

US ambassador, Timothy J Roemer said, “A strong defence relationship is vital to the US-India strategic partnership. Ship visits strengthen our already strong bilateral military relationship and augment the extensive maritime security efforts between our two democracies.”

Roemer said that the USS Decatur is led by Commander Shanti Sethi is yet another example of the close bond between the American and Indian people. Our people-to-people ties continue to grow and expand in education, business, the arts, intelligence, and in defence.

In Chennai, Decatur crew members will take part in various community service events. Commander Sethi will meet local girl students.