India and US sign armed forces logistics agreement to aid disaster relief and crisis

India DefenseIndia and the United States signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum Of Agreement (LEMOA) in Washington DC, USA yesterday, said the Ministry of Defense.

LEMOA is a facilitating agreement that establishes basic terms, conditions, and procedures for reciprocal provision of logistic support, supplies, and services between the armed forces of India and the United States, the ministry added.

This includes logistic support, supplies, and services include food, water, billeting, transportation, petroleum, oils, lubricants, clothing, communication services, medical services, storage services, training services, spare parts and components, repair and maintenance services, calibration services, and port services.

Reciprocal logistic support would be used exclusively during authorized port visits, joint exercises, joint training, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, government added.

Logistics support for any other cooperative efforts shall only be provided on a case-by-case basis through prior mutual consent of the parties, consistent with their respective laws, regulations and policies.

Provision of logistic support, supplies, and services from one Party to the other would be in return for either cash payment or the reciprocal provision of logistic support, supplies and services.

The agreement does not create any obligations on either party to carry out any joint activity. It does not provide for the establishment of any bases or basing arrangements.

The agreement will significantly enhance the operational capacity of the Indian Armed Forces, including in their response to humanitarian crises or disaster relief, said the government.