Visit of First Train­ing Squadron to Sey­chelles dur­ing over­seas de­ploy­ment


In­dian naval ships Tir and Su­jata, along­with In­dian Coast Guard ship Varuna, com­pris­ing the First Train­ing Squadron, en­tered Port Vic­to­ria, Sey­chelles, on Oc­to­ber 1, 2015, as part of their Over­seas De­ploy­ment dur­ing Au­tumn Term 2015. The ships shall re­main in har­bour till Oc­to­ber 4 and shall en­ter again on Oc­to­ber 9, 2015, for a cou­ple of days.

The First Train­ing Squadron forms part of South­ern Naval Com­mand (SNC) and com­prises In­dian naval ships Tir, Su­jata, Shardul, ICGS Varuna and two sail train­ing ships Su­darshini and Tarangini, all of which have been built in In­dia. The pri­mary aim of the First Train­ing Squadron is to im­part sea train­ing to naval and coast Guard trainees (within a time pe­riod of 24 weeks). All the per­son­nel are trained in sea­man­ship, nav­i­ga­tion, ship han­dling, boat work, tech­ni­cal as­pects, etc. whilst be­ing ex­posed to the rigours of life at sea, so as to earn their ‘sea legs’.

SNC pro­vides both ba­sic and ad­vanced train­ing to of­fi­cers and sailors of the In­dian Navy. Vice Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, is presently the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, South­ern Naval Com­mand. The In­dian Navy has also been pro­vid­ing train­ing to per­son­nel from friendly for­eign coun­tries for more than four decades, un­der which 13,000 per­son­nel from over 40 coun­tries have been trained. The In­dian Navy’s fo­cused ap­proach for pro­vid­ing high qual­ity train­ing by con­stantly adapt­ing to evolv­ing tac­tics and tech­nolo­gies has gained it a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing one of the finest train­ing des­ti­na­tions.

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