A press release stated that it is the first sail training vessel of the Indian Navy built in Goa in 1997. ‘The Indian Navy is one of the few navies in the world utilising sail training ships in its training squadron to foster the time-honoured virtues of courage, camaraderie and endurance among junior officers embarking on a naval career.’
The ship is arriving to mark the 60th anniversary of India-Oman diplomatic relations.
H E J S Mukul, the Indian Ambassador to Oman is expected to visit Salalah to meet the crew.
‘The visit of INS Tarangini to Salalah is also a reminder of the historic maritime routes between India and its Indian Ocean neighbours, which are being celebrated under the ‘Project Mausam’ initiative recently announced by India,’ the release stated.
INS Tarangini is the first commissioned ship of the Indian Navy to circumnavigate the globe in 2003-04.
Over the years, the ship has been deployed over long periods away from the base port and has participated in Tall Ship races on three occasions.
The ship is commanded by Commander Gaurav Gautam. The sail training ship has 30 under-training officer cadets, and it will be their first exposure to the port city of Salalah.
On Friday, Indian School Salalah students will visit the vessel.