Three Indian naval ships have arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a goodwill visit, Indian Navy announced in a statement.
The visiting ships are Indian Navy’s INS Tir (A86) and INS Sujata (P56), and Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) ICGS Sarathi (1220).
INS Sujata is a Sukanya-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited. INS Tir (A86) is the Navy’s first dedicated Cadet’s Training Ship built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). ICGS Sarathi is a Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard.
The visiting ships belong to the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy functioning under the Southern Naval Command, the Training Command of IN headquartered at Kochi and comprises six indigenously built ships, namely, INS Tir, INS Sujata, INS Shardul (2004), ICGS Sarathi and two Sail Training Ships, viz, INS Sudarshini (A77) and INS Tarangini (A75).
The Training Squadron is helmed by Captain DJ Revar, Senior Officer First Training Squadron, who is also Commanding Officer INS Tir.