India’s Defence Acquisition Council Approves Procurement of Three Cadet Training Ships for Indian Navy

India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has granted approval for the procurement of three cadet training ships for the Indian Navy.

The approval was given during the meeting of the acquisition body, chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, that took place in Delhi on Feb. 27. DAC was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process of the Indian Armed Forces.

The cadet training ships would be utilised to provide basic sea training for officer cadets including women officer under-trainees. The ships would also be capable of undertaking hospital ship duties, providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), undertaking Search and Rescue (SAR) missions and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations.

INS Tir (A86), the first dedicated Cadet’s Training Ship of the Indian Navy. She is the senior ship of the 1st Training Squadron of the Southern Naval Command.

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