Five Indian naval ships arrive at Penang, Malaysia for port visit

Four Indian Navy (IN) ships and one Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessel assigned to the 1st Training Squadron (TS) has arrived at Penang, Malaysia for a scheduled port visit on Oct. 8.

The ships are INS Tir (A86), INS Sujata (P56), INS Sudarshini (A77), INS Shardul (2004) and ICGS Sarathi (1220).

The visit is aimed to expose the trainees to the conduct of IN warship in foreign waters, port familiarisation and foster ‘bridges of friendship’ between the two countries. The vessels are scheduled to remain in Penang until Oct. 12.

INS Shardul is the lead ship of the Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessels while INS Sujata is a Sukanya class patrol vessel.

INS Sudarshini is a sail training ship built by Goa Shipyard Limited and INS Tir (A86) is the Navy’s first dedicated Cadet’s Training Ship built by Mazagon Dock Limited.

ICGS Sarathi is a Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard.

The First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy is functioning under the Southern Naval Command, headquartered at Kochi. The squadron comprises of six indigenously built ships, namely, INS Tir, INS Sujata, INS Shardul, ICGS Sarathi and two Sail Training Ships, viz, INS Sudarshini and INS Tarangini (A75).

The Southern Naval Command (SNC) is the Training Command of the Indian Navy which is headed by Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.

The Training Squadron is helmed by Captain DJ Revar, Senior Officer First Training Squadron, who is also Commanding Officer INS Tir. He has under him, a team of highly motivated officers and sailors to assist him in conduct of the sea training.

Press Information Bureau, Government Of India

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