MUSCAT: Indian Naval ships Tir (senior officer’s ship), Sujata (offshore patrol vessel) and Tarangini (sail training ship), elements of the First Training Squadron based in Kochi, Kerala, under the Southern Naval Command, arrived at Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat on October 6 as part of a flag showing visit to the Arabian Gulf this month.

The Southern Naval Command is the training command of the Indian Navy, wherein training for officers and sailors, including from friendly foreign countries, is conducted. The command is headed by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief South, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, PVSM, AVSM, NM, who was also in Muscat on an official tour to coincide with the visit of the training squadron.

The port call by the Indian Navy is aimed at underlining the historical maritime links of the region with India as well as sending a message of India’s continued commitment to the stability and security of this vital region, a press release said.

The press release said the Indian Navy is working closely with all regional navies to promote maritime security through cooperation and joint operations.

Officers and sailors from RNO have also benefited from training courses in India, with over 100 personnel having attended training in India over the past year alone.

Technical courses, naval professional subjects and hydrography, as well as basic officer and sailor training courses, have all been well subscribed to by RNO, it said. The visit of the Training Squadron from India enables exchange of ideas with RNO to further training cooperation.

The ships which docked at Port Sultan Qaboos had a 20-man Indian Navy band.

On October 7, they were open to select visitors from the Indian and Omani communities, the release added.