The sail training ship of Indian Navy, INS Tarangini returned after a seven- month long voyage to the naval base, Kochi on Tuesday.
#INSTarangini returns after Vogage across the World
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INS Tarangini was received by Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, said a statement issued by the PIB. A welcoming ceremony was conducted by the Southern Naval Command at south jetty of the naval base to mark the occasion.
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INS Tarangini embarked on a voyage named “Lokayan 18” on 10 April this year from Kochi.
During the voyage, the ship displayed the Indian National Flag, while highlighting the country’s diverse culture across 15 ports in 13 countries.
The Indian Navy 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 returning back to Kochi.
INS Tarangini also participated in the ‘Three Festival Tall Ships Regatta’ event held at Bordeaux, France and the ‘Tall Ships Races Europe 2018’ at Sunderland, UK.
#INSTarangini visits Sunderland in the UK 🇬🇧 to participate in Tall Ship Races – 2018. #INSTarangini is the first ship of the #IndianNavy to have circumnavigated the globe in the year 2003-04.
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The ship touched Esbjerg, Denmark and Stavanger, Norway before finishing at Harlingen, Netherlands.
During the tall ships regatta, the ship sailed along with hundreds of other sailing vessels, of which 200 were ‘Tall Ships’ like herself, besides taking part in the parade of sails, which was conducted at all these ports, said the PIB.
INS Tarangini is a three masted ‘square rigged’ barque with a capacity of 20 sails. Commissioned on 11 November 1997, it is the First Sail Training Ship in the Indian Navy.
She has sailed over 2,20,000 nautical miles to date across the oceans in her 21 years of service.
Under the command of Cdr Rahul Mehta, the ship has a crew of nine officers and 43 sailors and can also embark 30 Officer Sea Trainees.
Over the years, INS Tarangini has been extensively deployed for long voyages away from the port of Kochi, which includes one circumnavigation of the globe (2003-04) and three previous ‘Lokayans’ (2005, 2007 and 2015).
INSV Tarini Created History
The all-woman INSV Tarini crew of the Indian Navy had completed circumnavigation of the globe earlier this year as part of the mission named Navika Sagar Parikrama.
The aim of the expedition was to promote women’s empowerment, and inspire the youth to develop an understanding of the sea.