PORT KLANG – Four ships from the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy (INS) have docked at the Port Klang Cruise Centre here since yesterday for a four-day visit to the country.
The senior officer of the squardron, Captain Sivaram R. Ayyan said the ships, ‘INS Tir’, ‘INS Varuna’, ‘INS Kesari’ and ‘INS Sudarshini’ were here as part of its overseas deployment training for 134 sea trainees.
“During our stay here, the crew and the sea trainees will visit, among others, the defence ministry, National Defence University and the Royal Malaysian Naval Base here.
“We hope this visit will help to foster cultural understanding and relations among the new generations, the Indian Navy and the Malaysian Navy since they will be the leaders of tomorrow,” he told reporters during a guided tour inside the INS Tir.
INS Tir is the first dedicated officers training ship designed by the Indian Navy. The ship was commissioned in 1986 and has been designated as the senior ship of the First Training Squadron of The Indian Navy based at Kochi, Kerala in India.
The ship has set a goal to ensure the overall development of sea trainees to mould them into professionally competent seafarers and train them to achieve excellence in basic maritime operationals. – BERNAMA