COLOMBO (New 1st); A total of six Indian Navy ships from the 1st Training Squadron are on a 4-day visit to Sri Lanka.
The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka noted that the visit aimed to broaden the horizons of young officers and officer trainees in another display of close comradeship and friendship.
INS Magar and INS Shardul are in Colombo while INS Sujata, INS Tarangani, INS Sudarshini and CGS Vikram are in Trincomalee.
India’s Defense Ministry said the visit was part of their overseas deployment for the 100th and 101st Integrated Officer Training Course.
The ships are part of Southern Naval Command (SNC), which is the training command of the Indian Navy and is led by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, Commanding General Officer, Southern Naval Command (SNC). The Indian Navy has been providing training to international trainees for over four decades now. As to date, a large number of Sri Lankan officers and sailors take various ab-initio to advanced courses at SNC. The command has earned a reputation as the best training destination by maintaining a focused approach to providing high quality training and constantly adapting to changing tactics and technology, ”the statement said.
The 1st Kochi-based Training Squadron provides the “first steps at sea” to executive officers of the Indian Navy upon completion of their ab-initio training at the Indian Naval Academy. The squadron consists of seven locally built ships, namely Indian Navy ships Tir, Sujata, Magar, Shardul, Coast Guard ship Vikram and two sailing training ships INS Sudarshini and INS Tarangini. The squadron is currently led by Captain Aftab Ahmed Khan, Senior Officer of the First Training Squadron, who also dons the double hat of INS Tir Commander.
During the four-day deployment, ships IN Magar and Shardul as well as trainees from the 101st IOTC will visit the port of Colombo, while ships IN Sujata, Sudarshini, Tarangini and CGS Vikram will visit Trincomalee with trainees from the 100th IOTC . Various training activities are planned between the navies of the two countries with the aim of improving the interoperability of the two forces.
A Brief About Ships:
INS Magar – INS Magar is the lead ship of the Indian Navy’s Magar-class amphibious warships. She was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata and was commissioned by Admiral RH Tahiliani, Chief of Naval Staff on July 15, 1987. The ship is 120 meters in length and 17 in width. , 5 meters.
INS Shardul – INS Shardul is the lead ship of the Indian Navy Shardul Class Amphibious Warships. On October 3, 2008, Shardul was affiliated with the 5th Armored Regiment of the Indian Army in an on-board ceremony at Naval Base Mumbai.
INS Sujata (P56) – A class of native-built offshore patrol vessel was commissioned in the #IndianNavy on November 3, 1993. The vessel is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrols, ocean surveillance, la surveillance of maritime communication lines and offshore assets and escort functions.
INS Tarangini – The Indian Navy sailboat Tarangini (its name comes from the Hindi word ‘Tarang’ which means waves) is a three-masted steel barque, designed by Colin Mudie and built at Goa Shipyard Limited, Vasco da Gama, Goa, India, in 1996/7. Tarangini is a close sister of STS Lord Nelson with the same hull and rig, but with different layout and deck work.
INS Sudarshini – The INS Sudarshini, the last training ship of the #IndianNavy was put into service on January 27, 2012. The displacement at full load of the sailboat is about 500 tons, length 54 meters, width 8.5 meters and a crew five officers and 40 sailors.
CGS Vikram – The Indian Coast Guard Vikram Class Offshore Patrol Vessels were jointly built by Mazagon Dock Limited Mumbai and Goa Shipyard Limited, Vasco da Gama, Goa. Ships in this class were 74 meters (243 feet) long with a beam of 11.4 meters (37 feet) and were armed with a 40mm 60 cal Bofors Mk3 AA gun with optronically steered Mantra Defense Lynx or a double 30 mm CRN 91 naval gun.