Rousing reception awaits INS Tarangini

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INS Tarangini, the first sail training ship of the Indian Navy, is set to receive a rousing reception in Kochi on Tuesday after completing Lokayan - 18, having traversed 22,000 nautical miles during a 205-day voyage that began on April 10.
Highlights :
*The sail training ship of Indian Navy, INS Tarangini based at Kochi, has returned after a seven month long sailing across the world to a grand reception at naval base, Kochi.
*The Voyage named Lokayan 18” was flagged off on 10 Apr 18 from Kochi.
*During the voyage, the ship has proudly ‘shown the flag’ and highlighted the diverse culture of India across 15 ports in 13 countries.
*The exercise is meant to strengthen bilateral ties with various countries and showcases the reach of the Indian Navy around the world.
*Lokayan-18 saw the ship sail across the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, Strait of Gibraltar, North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, English Channel, and the North Sea up the tip of Norway and back to Kochi.
* The ship has also been part of sail parades at Bordeaux (France), Sunderland (UK), Esbjerg (Denmark), Stavanger (Norway), and Harlingen (NL).
*Tarangini was also given the honour of laying a wreath to commemorate sailors lost at sea, prior to the start of the race from Stavanger, Norway. 

About INS Tarangini:

*INS Tarangini is a three-masted barque, commissioned in 1997 as a sail training ship for the Indian Navy.
*She is the First Sail Training Ship in Indian Navy and was commissioned on 11 Nov 1997.
*In her 21 years of glorious service, she has sailed over 2,20,000 nautical miles to date across the world’s oceans.
*She is the first of two Sail Training Ships in the First Training Squadron, the other being INS Sudarshini.
*The primary role of these Sail Training Ships is to develop character and professionalism, as well as inculcate the qualities of initiative, courage, resilience and spirit amongst the Sea Trainees.
*The ship also imparts practical training to them, primarily on navigation, sailing and seamanship.

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