Three Indian Navy (IN) ships and one Indian Coast Guard (ICG) vessel has arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia for a scheduled port visit on Oct. 20.
The visiting ships are INS Tir (A86), INS Sujata (P56), INS Shardul (2004) and ICGS Sarathi (1220).
According to the statement from Indian Navy, the visit is aimed to expose the trainees to the conduct of the Navy warship in foreign waters, port familiarisation and foster bridges of friendship between the two countries.
#BridgesofFriendship IN Ships Tir, Sujata, Shardul & ICGS Sarathi visit Jakarta, Indonesia with an aim 2 expose trainees to handle warships in foreign waters, port familiarisation & foster bridges of friendship between two countries @IndianEmbJkt @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/7YkzSMHchI
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) October 20, 2017
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, 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 visit of the ships coincides with the visit of Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command. On 18 Oct, the Admiral called on Vice Admiral ADE Taufiq R, Vice Chief of Staff, Indonesian Navy and discussed matters of mutual interest to both the countries. The Commanding officers of the Indian ships called on the Naval Area Commander, Jakarta.
INS Shardul is the lead ship of the Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessels while INS Sujata is a Sukanya class patrol vessel. 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 (OPV) built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard.
The ships had earlier visited Penang, Malaysia as part of the scheduled deployment.