Indian Sail Training Ship, Tarangini, sails from Muscat to Kochi to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) on Tuesday, at Muskat. (Photo: DC)
Visakhapatnam: Indian Navy and Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) are set to sail together from Muscat to Kochi to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries as well as to retrace the historic sail ship voyages undertaken by Dhows, and sail trading ships from both countries to each other’s ports, taking advantage of seasonal winds.
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. Since then, over 5 lakh Indians have made their home in Oman strengthening cultural linkages.
Indian Sail Training Ship, Tarangini, is scheduled to reach Muscat on Nov. 22. A host of activities including media interaction are planned by the Indian High Commission at Muscat.
The ship will embark ‘distinguished’ personnel for short duration during the sail out on Nov. 24. A flag officer from Indian Navy is planned to be deputed for the event at Muscat. In consonance with the spirit of the event, cadets and young officers from Royal Navy of Oman and Indian Navy will embark on Indian STS Shabab Oman during sail from Muscat to Kochi.
On arrival of both Sail Training Ships at Kochi, a grand welcome and a befitting closing ceremony to this endeavour are planned from Dec 4 to 7. Various events such as Distinguished Visitors Programme (DVP), media interaction, reception hosted by both ships, cultural/ heritage tour for RNO personnel, sports fixtures and visit to Indian Naval facilities at Kochi by RNO personnel are planned.
The event, celebrating 60 years of establishing diplomatic relations, as well as one of the first major event under ‘Project Mausam’, will further strengthen diplomatic and maritime linkages between the two countries and pave the way for more such endeavours.
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