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The First Training Squadron

  • Published
    9th May, 2022
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The ships of the First Training Squadron are on a visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as part of their five-nation Overseas Deployment.

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  • The First Training Squadron comprises of three Indian Navy ships and one Indian Coast Guard ship and is meant to provide hands-on, real-world training to newly-commissioned officers of the Navy and Coast Guard.
  • Four ships of India's First Training Squadron are on a four-day visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as part of a five-nation overseas deployment.
  • On the completion of their ab-initio training from the Indian Naval Academy, the young officers are sent for a six-month-long training period on board the ships where they perform all crucial tasks and master the skill of seamanship.
  • During this visit, issues of bilateral Naval cooperation and training initiatives between the two countries were among the significant points of discussion.
  • Notably, the Indian Navy routinely conducts anti-piracy operations in the region, with the Navy’s INS Kolkata recently visiting Djibouti from May 4-7 as part of an anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Indian Navy warships have been deployed in the Gulf of Aden since October 2008 for an anti-piracy patrol to ensure the safe transit of merchant vessels.
  • Vessels from the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy — INS Tir and INS Sujata along with Indian Coast Guard ship Sarathi — arrived on Thursday at Jeddah port for a training exchange.
  • The exercise comes amid growing defense ties between India and Saudi Arabia.
  • The ships were also joined by INS Tarangini, one of the few sail training ships in the world

Jeddah:

  • Jeddah is a port city situated on the coast of the Red Sea, located between the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aden.

 

  • INS Tir (meaning arrow) is the first dedicated cadet training ship to be built by Mazagon Dock Ltd. in Mumbai, and was commissioned on Feb. 21, 1986.
    • It is the senior ship of the First Training Squadron of the Southern Naval Command and is equipped with all modern training amenities.
  • INS Sujata is an indigenously built Sukanya-class offshore patrol vessel of the Indian Navy commissioned on Nov. 3, 1993.
    • The ship undertakes fleet support operations, humanitarian assistance missions, offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and escort duties.
    • A cadet training ship for the past nine years, officer cadets are exposed to practical aspects of navigation and seamanship on the vessel before moving on to complex assignments.
  • The Indian Coast Guard ship Sarathi (meaning charioteer) is the third in a series of six offshore patrol vessels designed and built domestically by Goa Shipyard Ltd.
    • Commissioned on Sept. 9, 2016, the 105-meter ship is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.
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