The sail training ship of Indian Navy, INS Tarangini based at Kochi, returned after a seven month long sailing across the world.
- The Voyage named “Lokayan 18” was flagged off on 10 Apr 18 from Kochi in INS Tarangini.
- During the voyage, the ship has proudly ‘shown the flag’ and highlighted the diverse culture of India across 15 ports in 13 countries.
- The ship sailed across the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, Strait of Gibraltar, North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, English Channel and North Sea, right up to Norway before commencing her homeward passage back to Kochi.
- The ship also participated in the culminating event of the ‘Three Festival Tall Ships Regatta’ at Bordeaux, France.
- Over the years, INS Tarangini has been extensively deployed for long voyages away from her base port of Kochi, which includes one circumnavigation of the globe (2003-04) and three previous ‘Lokayans’(2005, 2007 and 2015).
About INS Tarangini
- INS Tarangini is a three master ‘square rigged’ Braque which carries a total of 20 sails.
- She is the First Sail Training Ship in Indian Navy and was commissioned on 11 Nov 1997.
- In her 21 years of glorious service, she has sailed over 2,20,000 nautical miles to date across the world’s oceans.
- The ship sailed over 22000 nautical miles across 15 ports in13 countries in 205 days.
- She is the first of two Sail Training Ships in the First Training Squadron, the other being INS Sudarshini.
- The primary role of these Sail Training Ships is to develop character and professionalism, as well as inculcate the qualities of initiative, courage, resilience and spirit amongst the Sea Trainees.
- The ship also imparts practical training to them, primarily on navigation, sailing and seamanship.