Tall ships of Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) set sail together from Muscat to Kochi to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Sail Training Ships will also retrace the historic sail ship voyages undertaken by Dhows (historic ships which sailed the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea), and sail trading ships from both countries to each other’s ports. Back then, the ships took advantage of seasonal winds to conduct these transits.
These seasonal winds are called Mausam in Arabic. The flourishing trade of spices and garments from India and dates and gold from Oman, nurtured the two civilisations, developing cultural and trade linkage over many centuries.
Indian Sail Training Ship Tarangini had earlier reached Muscat, Oman on November 22, 2015 and a host of activities including media interaction were conducted by the Indian High Commission at Muscat. Rear Admiral SK Grewal, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) attended the events at Muscat.
In consonance with the spirit of the event, cadets and young officers from Royal Navy of Oman will embark Indian Sail Training Ship and a few officers and cadets from Indian Navy will embark STS Shabab Oman during sail together from Muscat to Kochi.
The arrival of both Sail Training Ships at Kochi, India is scheduled for December 4.
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