In fact, America’s oldest and largest geographic combatant command changed its name last year from U.S. Pacific Command to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, specifically to highlight the importance of South Asia and the Indian Ocean region to its mission.
Indopacom’s commander, Navy Adm. Phil Davidson, visited New Delhi this week and participated in a panel discussion at the Raisina Dialogue, titled "Indo-Pacific: Ancient Waterways, Emerging Geometries." The yearly forum has emerged as India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and security and is attended by global leaders in policy, business, media and civil society.
India and the U.S. have a lot of shared principals: both nations believe in sovereignty, free and fair trade, keeping to international standards and resolving disputes peacefully. In fact, India was designated a major U.S. defense partner in 2016.
So what does this major partnership look like?
As India continues to position itself as a global power and security partner in the Indian Ocean region, defense officials said the U.S. and Indopacom will continue to make the country a priority partnership through cooperation, dialogue and trust.