Indian naval ships dock at Dubai port

PTI Dubai | Updated on October 13, 2014 Published on October 13, 2014

Three Indian Naval ships have docked in Dubai as part of its ongoing mission to impart training to Naval and Coast Guard sea trainees and foster maritime goodwill with the Arab nations.

The ships — INS Tarangini, INS Sujata and INS Tir — belong to the Southern Naval Command (SNC), the Training Command of the Indian Navy where basic to advanced training for officers and sailors, including from friendly foreign countries, is conducted.

INS Tir is the first dedicated Officers Training Ship designed by the Indian Navy and constructed at Mazagon Dock Ltd, Mumbai.

INS Tarangini, Indian Navy’s first Sail Training Ship (STS) was built at Goa Shipyard and was commissioned on 11 Nov 97. INS Sujata is the last of the four Offshore Patrol Vessels, indigenously built at Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatanam.

SNC is headed by Flag Officer Commanding—in—Chief South, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, who met Major General Ibrahim Salem Al Musharrakh, Commander of the UAE Naval Forces, on Sunday.

During the meeting, which was attended by a number of Navy officers and the Vice Admiral’s accompanying delegation, the two sides discussed a number of matters of common concern, particularly in the areas of maritime cooperation between the two friendly countries, state-run news agency Wam reported.

The Indian Navy has been providing training to international personnel for more than four decades, wherein more than 11,000 personnel from over 40 countries have been trained.

Onboard sea trainees are trained in seamanship, navigation, ship handling, boat work, engineering and they are also exposed to the rigours of life at sea.

The ships of the First Training Squadron are the only ships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard where intensive practical sea training of 24 weeks is conducted for trainee officers.

On completion of shore based training, Sea Trainees from the Indian Naval Academy join the First Training Squadron to earn their ‘sealegs’.

Published on October 13, 2014
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