First Training Squadron Ships of Indian Navy Visit Jakarta
The First Training Squadron (1TS), comprising IN Ships Tir, Sujata and Shardul visited Jakarta, Indonesia as part of Overseas Deployment for the 94th Integrated Officers Training Course (IOTC). The visit was aimed to expose the officer trainees to operate in foreign waters and interact with foreign navies, as also to strengthen bilateral relations and foreign cooperation between India and Indonesia. The ships on arrival were received by Captain M Salim, Commander of Patrol Unit of Main Naval Base 3 and India Defence Attaché, Jakarta. As part of harbour activities, Mr Prakash Gupta, Deputy Chief of Indian Embassy visited Tir and was apprised about the role of 1TS and its training schedule. The Commanding Officers of 1TS ships called on Admiral Yudo Margono, Commander-in-Chief, Western Fleet Command and First Admiral Irwan Achmadi, Commanding Officer Kolinlamil, Commander Sealift Facility, Pangkolinlamil. A Wreath Laying Ceremony with a ceremonial guard was conducted by 1TS at Ereveld Menteng Pulo World War II Memorial, Jakarta, which has space exclusively earmarked for Indian martyrs. The IN Ships were visited by Indian diaspora, local populace, and children from Gandhi Memorial International School and ‘Hajjah' and 'Hasmah Noor’ orphanages. The HADR material, which the ships were carrying as part of aid for tsunami victims of Palu, was handed over to the Indonesian Navy by Mr Prakash Gupta.