INS Sudarshini inducted into Navy

The naval ensign flutters on board INS Sudarshini, a sail training ship, which was commissioned into the Navy by Vice-Admiral K.N. Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command, at the Naval Base in Kochi on Friday. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Tall ship INS Sudarshini was inducted into the First Training Squadron of the Navy at a low-key function held at the Southern Naval Command here on Friday.

The three-masted sail training ship — the second of the Navy and a follow-on ship of INS Tarangini that joined the Southern Naval Command in 1997 — was commissioned by Vice-Admiral Krishnan Nair Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command.

The ship set out on its first mission later in the day.

“Sail training ships are crucibles for future naval officers for training in seamanship, navigation, ship handling and braving the elements. The inclusion of a second sail training ship will ensure the availability of either of the ships for training of cadets on a continuous basis. INS Sudarshini is expected to undertake a historic ASEAN voyage in September this year. The voyage, which would cement the historic ties of India with the countries of ASEAN region, will touch 18 ports in eight countries and will conclude in April 2013,” Defence spokesperson Commander Roy Francis said.

The commissioning of the ship was a low-profile function in view of the passing away of the governor of Kerala.

Designed by British naval architect and yacht designer Colin Mudie and built by the Goa Shipyard, INS Sudarshini has an overall length of 54 metre. It has 20 sails, 7.5 kms of rope and 1.5 km of steel wire rope and can be deployed for up to 20 days at a stretch. Captained by Commander P.K. Boyiri Varma, the ship has a complement of five officers and 31 sailors. It can embark 30 cadets for training.

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