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