Riyadh: INS Tarangini, a sail training ship of the Indian Navy is on a visit to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia as part of a seven-month long voyage to 13 countries, including Saudi Arabia with theme ‘Sailing through Different Oceans and Uniting Nations’. The ship, which was flagged off in Kochi Naval base on April 10, is her on second leg in Saudi Arabia after Oman and it is scheduled to visit total of 15 ports in 13 countries, covering more than 20,000 km.
Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed, ship commanding officer Cdr. Rahul Mehta and Indian consul general Md Noor Rahman Sheikh held media briefing in onboard of INS Tarangini in Red Sea Port in Jeddah on Saturday evening said Indian naval ships on goodwill visit as part of enhancement of cooperation between two countries.
Indian Ambassador said that Indian Navy has been nurturing its ties with its counterpart in Kingdom in recent years and besides naval cadets other cadets of defence forces also being trained in India.
Cdr. Rahul Mehta, Commanding Officer, said that INS Tarangini passage provided good sailing experience to the crew and ample opportunity to the trainees to hone their practical seamanship and navigation skills.
Unlike modern ships of Indian Navy, it has a steel hull with an aluminium deck house and teak wood deck and interiors and ropes for traditional sailing and wind navigation.
It will also participate in the culmination of the Biscay Tall Ship race at Bordeaux, France and also a ‘Tall Ship Race’ in United Kingdom. It is Navy’s first sail training ship, which was built at Goa Shipyard and commissioned on November 11,1997.
It carries 20 sails, with a total sail area of almost 10,000 sq ft. It has excellent endurance and can remain at sea continuously for over 20 days.