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India, US Create Joint Challenge Coin to Mark Partnership

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India and the US have created a “joint challenge coin” to symbolise their unique partnership in creating a next-generation aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy.

India, US Create Joint Challenge Coin


  • The “joint challenge coin” was created by the joint working group at their first meeting in US last month to symbolise partnership.
  • One side of the coin reads Forward Together We Go and Chale Chale Saath Saath in Hindi; which is the vision statement of US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, issued in their first meeting at the White House last September.
  • The other side of this coin, which is golden in colour, has the maps of India and the United States and an aircraft carrier floating on blue water.

During Obama’s visit to India in January, the two countries had announced the establishment of a working group for a next-generation aircraft carrier to bolster the Indian Navy’s blue-water capabilities, which held its first-ever meeting here last month.


  • A challenge coin is a small coin bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members.