The Indian Navy ships, INS Tir (A86) and INS Sujata (P56), and the Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) ICGS Sarathi (1220) have departed Colombo, Sri Lanka following the conclusion of scheduled port visit.
Sri Lanka Navy bade customary farewell to the departing ships in accordance with naval traditions.
During their five-day official visit, the ships participated in a number of training exercises with SLN ships with a view to share professional expertise and strengthen friendship. Besides, the musical ensemble of the Indian ships partnering with the Sri Lanka Navy band presented a colourful concert at the Galle Face Green on Nov. 5. A large crowd gathered at the Galle Face Green to witness the colourful event wich delivered entertaining music for the public.
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.
The ships had earlier visited Penang, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia as part of the scheduled deployment.
Sri Lanka Navy