The Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron has visited Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar, Tanzania, as part of the African leg of its voyage.
The squadron includes the Indian Naval Ships Tir, Sujata and Shardul and Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarathi. They visited Tanzania from 14 to 17 October.
The Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command based at Kochi, imparts training to Officer Cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard as well as from friendly foreign countries. The training curriculum includes subjects like Seamanship, Navigation, Shiphandling, Boat Work and Engineering, imparted onboard the 1TS Ships, and Sail Training onboard IN Sail Training Ships Tarangini and Sudarshini.
Tanzania People’s Defence Force spokesman Colonel Ramadhan Dogoli said, “we are determined to continue strengthening our military ties with India and make sure that our territories in the Indian Ocean remain safe and peaceful.”
The Indian Navy said Tanzania and India have traditionally enjoyed warm and friendly bilateral relations, sharing common values of democracy and development. There have been regular high level exchanges and interactions in numerous fields between both countries.
Senior officer of the First Training Squadron Captain Varun Singh led the four ships to Tanzania after making a three-day port of call at Mombasa in Kenya.