In­dia and Oman Navies to cel­e­brate 60 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

In­dian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) are set to sail to­gether from Mus­cat to Kochi to cel­e­brate 60 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries as well as to re­trace the his­toric sail ship voy­ages un­der­taken by Dhows, and sail trad­ing ships from both coun­tries to each other’s ports, tak­ing ad­van­tage of sea­sonal winds. Th­ese sea­sonal winds are called ‘Mausam’ in Ara­bic. The flour­ish­ing trade of spices and gar­ments from In­dia and dates and gold from Oman, nur­tured the two civil­i­sa­tions, de­vel­op­ing cul­tural and trade link­age over many cen­turies. Since then, over five lakh In­di­ans have made their home in Oman strength­en­ing cul­tural link­ages be­tween the two na­tions.

In­dian Sail Train­ing Ship Tarangini is sched­uled to ar­rive Mus­cat on Novem­ber 22, 2015. A host of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing me­dia in­ter­ac­tion are planned by the In­dian High Com­mis­sion at Mus­cat. The ship will em­bark ‘Dis­tin­guished’ per­son­nel for short du­ra­tion dur­ing the sail out on Novem­ber 24, 2015. A Flag Of­fi­cer from In­dian Navy is planned to be de­puted for the event at Mus­cat.

In con­so­nance with the spirit of the event, cadets and young of­fi­cers from Royal Navy of Oman will em­bark In­dian Sail Train­ing Ship and a few of­fi­cers and cadets from In­dian Navy will em­bark STS Shabab Oman dur­ing sail to­gether from Mus­cat to Kochi.

On ar­rival of both Sail Train­ing Ships at Kochi, a grand wel­come and a be­fit­ting clos­ing cer­e­mony to this en­deav­our are planned from De­cem­ber 4-7, 2015. Var­i­ous events such as Dis­tin­guished Visi­tors Pro­gramme (DVP), me­dia in­ter­ac­tion, re­cep­tion hosted by both ships, cul­tural/her­itage tour for RNO per­son­nel, sports fix­tures and visit to In­dian naval fa­cil­i­ties at Kochi by RNO per­son­nel are planned.

The event, cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of es­tab­lish­ing diplo­matic re­la­tions, as well as one of the first ma­jor events un­der ‘Project Mausam’, will fur­ther strengthen diplo­matic and mar­itime link­ages be­tween the two coun­tries and pave the way for more such en­deav­ours.

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