A ship of the U.S. Navy has arrived in the Indian Ocean to replace a fleet of aging submarines.
A year ago, the destroyer USS John S. McCain had been moored in the Persian Gulf.
This time, the ship is set to leave for a three-week tour of the region that began Thursday in the Arabian Gulf.
The service, known as Exercise PAD, was originally scheduled to last three weeks but has been expanded to two weeks.
The move comes as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres looks to bolster the military alliance between India and the United States.
The U.K. has also announced that it will provide more than 1,000 military advisers to help the U and U.A.E. in the region.
“We are excited to be joined by a large U. S. Navy ship, a flagship for our strategic partnership, as well as a U. K. destroyer, as part of our wider regional effort,” Guterre said in a statement.
The USS John McCain is scheduled to depart Singapore for the Indian ocean on June 10.
It is the first U.U.S.-U.A.-India-U.K.-Uzbekistan-Uzbek republic joint naval exercise.
The exercise, scheduled to begin July 10, will involve about 20,000 sailors and more than 3,000 officers.
The Indian Ocean region has been an important military staging ground for the two nations.
The two navies are in a competition to develop maritime systems and build a naval force capable of operating alongside each other.
The navies’ combined forces, which include ships from both sides, are deployed in the Indo-Pacific region.