The Indian Navy ships, INS Tir (A86) and INS Sujata (P56), and the Indian Coast Guard’s ICGS Sarathi (14) have been anchored off the coast of Port Victoria, Seychelles.
The ships belong to the First Training Squadron (1TS) of the Indian Navy functioning under the Southern Naval Command, it’s Training Command headquartered at Kochi.
Senior Officer ,1TS and Commanding Officers of the ships called-on Dr Ausaf Sayeed Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles during the visit.
The First Training Squadron is comprised of 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.
INS Tir (A86)
INS Tir (A86) is the Navy’s first dedicated Cadet’s Training Ship built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). She is the senior ship of the 1st Training Squadron of the Southern Naval Command.
INS Tir was commissioned on 21 February 1986. Sensors on board Tir include Decca Radar and a SATNAV (Satellite Navigation) system. She can carry up to 293 people on board, though her typical deployment is with 20 instructors and staff and 120 cadets.
INS Tir is named after HMIS Tir (K256), a River-class frigate of the Royal Indian Navy, earlier transferred from the Royal Navy where she served in World War II as HMS Bann (K256).
INS Sujata (P56)
INS Sujata is a Sukanya-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited.
The vessel was launched on 25 October 1991 and was commissioned into the fleet on 3 November 1993.
The Sukanya class have large hulls, although they are lightly armed since they are utilized primarily for offshore patrol of India’s exclusive economic zone. However, they are capable of being heavily armed and upgraded to light frigates should the need arise.
CGS Sarathi (1220)
ICGS Sarathi is a Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard.
The vessel was launched on 24 April 2015 and was commissioned into the fleet on 9 September 2016.
Samarth-class is an improvement over the earlier Vishwast-class OPV. The class is 105 metres (344 ft 6 in) long with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes.
Features of the vessels include Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
They are designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Palfinger QRIBs for fast boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The class is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.