In­dian naval ship Tarangini set to dock in Qatar to­day

Gulf Times - - QATAR -

INS Tarangini, the first sail train­ing ship of the In­dian Navy would ar­rive at Doha Port to­day on a three-day visit to Qatar.

In the frame­work of the deep-rooted friendly ties, multi-faceted and grow­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia and Qatar, this is the se­cond time in last three months that an In­dian Naval Ship is vis­it­ing Qatar. Apart from the visit of In­dian Coast Guard ship Sa­marth in Novem­ber 2017, In­dian Naval Ships Kolkata and Mum­bai had vis­ited Qatar this year in March and Septem­ber re­spec­tively.

This visit is a tes­ti­mony to the friendly ties be­tween In­dia and Qatar and will fur­ther en­hance mar­itime co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The name Tarangini is derived from the Hindi word ‘Tarang’ mean­ing waves; and Tarangini mean­ing ‘the one that rides the waves’. Built in Goa Ship­yard Lim­ited, the ship was com­mis­sioned in the In­dian Navy on Novem­ber 11, 1997. The ves­sel has a steel hull, with an alu­minium deck­house and teak wood deck and in­te­ri­ors. She car­ries 20 sails, with a to­tal sail area of al­most 10,000sq ft. The ship has ex­cel­lent en­durance and can re­main at sea con­tin­u­ously for a pe­riod of over 20 days.

Tarangini has an il­lus­tri­ous his­tory when it comes to long voy­ages and holds the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only com­mis­sioned ship of In­dian Navy to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe. Dur­ing the 15 months voy­age in 2003-04, Tarangini achieved this by cov­er­ing a dis­tance of over 61,000km and vis­ited 36 ports in 18 coun­tries. Since then, Tarangini has sailed to The Great Lakes in Canada for races and has also par­tic­i­pated in Euro­pean tall ship races. Tarangini won The Royal Thames Yacht Club Chal­lenge Tro­phy in 2005 at Europe and stood third in Youth Sail­ing Divi­sion in 2007 at USA.

The ship has re­cently com­pleted a seven month long voy­age to Europe in Oc­to­ber 2018 vis­it­ing 15 ports in 13 coun­tries. Dur­ing the voy­age, the ship par­tic­i­pated in the cul­mi­na­tion cer­e­mony of the Bis­cay Tall ship race at Bordeaux, France and also took part in a Tall Ship race start­ing from Sun­der­land, United King­dom.

Over the years, the ship has been ex­ten­sively de­ployed for long pe­ri­ods away from her home port. She also un­der­took four ‘Lokayan’ (ma­jor global voy­ages) to par­tic­i­pate in Tall Ship races in Europe and North Amer­ica. Dur­ing the last 15 years, Tarangini has par­tic­i­pated in 13 ex­pe­di­tions, sail­ing over 188,000 nau­ti­cal miles, re­main­ing at sea for over 2,100 days, vis­it­ing 74 ports in 39 coun­tries.

The ship is com­manded by com­man­der Rahul Mehta and has a com­ple­ment of eight of­fi­cers and forty sailors. In ad­di­tion, the ship can ac­com­mo­date and im­part sail train­ing to 30 cadets.

Tarangini will dock at Doha Port.

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