TARANGINI VISITS JEDDAH
As part of the Indian Navy’s overseas engagement across the region, Indian Naval Ship TARANGINI visited Jeddah for a three day visit. The visit is aimed at enhancing defence co-operation and interaction between important navies of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The visiting ship is part of the Indian Navy’s mission to build bridges of friendship across the oceans. INS Tarangini is a three-masted barque, commissioned in 1997 as a sail training ship for the Indian Navy. She was constructed in Goa and launched on 01 December 1995. In 2003-04, she became the first Indian naval ship to circumnavigate the globe.
The ship was visited by the Ambassador of India, Consul General, the Defence Attache and other members of the Indian Community and School Children. The ship welcomed School Children and members of the Indian Community on board and briefed them on life and times at Sea.
India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations, reflecting centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties. The Indian community in Saudi Arabia is the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom and is the ‘most preferred community’ due to their expertise, sense of discipline, and law abiding nature. The Haj pilgrimage is another important component of the bilateral relations with over 1,75,000 Indians performing Haj every year.
Building upon the rich and longstanding relations that have existed between India and Saudi Arabia, both nations have developed warm relations in several spheres. The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries of the Indian Ocean and, in particular, to strengthen the existing bonds between India and Saudi Arabia.
Ship visits by the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard are symbolic of our desire to enhance our cooperation with the Kingdom in matters of defence. The visit of these Naval Ships will assist in promoting understanding and furthering inter-operability between the two Navies.
Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with Hydrographic Survey, Search and Rescue and other such capacity building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment into the Mediterranean will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate Inter Operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.
The increased frequency of ship visits and the assistance provided by the Kingdom for facilitating these visits is noteworthy. Defence relations constitute a significant element of our shared strategic vision for the region and the current visit is a testimony to our strong ties with the Kingdom.