India’s first naval squadron on Bangladesh sojourn
Indian Naval Ships Tir and Sujata, along with Indian Coast Guard Ship Varuna, comprising the 1st Training Squadron, are on a visit to Chittagong, Bangladesh from 11 to 15 November as part of their overseas deployment during Autumn Term 16. The Senior Officer of the 1st Training Squadron, Captain DJ Revar, is on board INS Tir.
India has offered to build a deep sea port at Chittagong after Bangladesh scrapped a deal with China in this regard. Working in tandem with India, Japan has also shown interest in building another deep sea port for Bangladesh.
The First Training Squadron forms part of Southern Naval Command (SNC) and comprises Indian Naval Ships Tir, Shardul, Sujata, ICGS Varuna and two Sail Training Ships Sudarshini and Tarangini, all of which have been built in India. The primary aim of the Squadron is to impart training to Naval and Coast Guard trainees, with 24 weeks ab-initio sea training being imparted. The trainees are imparted training in Seamanship, Navigation, Ship Handling, Boat Work, Technical aspects, etc whilst being exposed to the rigours of life at sea, so as to earn their ‘sea legs’.
Southern Naval Command is the Training Command of the Indian Navy, which provides both basic and advanced training to officers and sailors of the Indian Navy. The Indian Navy has also been providing training to personnel from Friendly Foreign Countries for more than four decades, wherein more than 13,000 personnel from over 40 countries have been trained. The Indian Navy’s focused approach for providing high-quality training by constantly adapting to evolving tactics and technologies has gained it a reputation of being one of the finest training destinations.
India and Bangladesh have a close, long-standing relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which have revived and strengthened since the Awami League came back to power with a massive mandate. While the people of India and Bangladesh have close cultural bonds and a shared vision of a democratic society, the armed forces of both countries have been having very close interaction with visits/reunions to mark anniversaries of Bangladesh’s liberation, when old bonds between Indian personnel and Bangladeshi “Jodhas” (war veterans) of the Mukti Vahini who fought side by side in 1971 are revived.
The present deployment of the Training Squadron to Chittagong would further cement the close relations between the two nations and the two navies. In the environment of Pakistani terrorists operating on the high seas and targeting both India and Bangladesh, there should be close cooperation between maritime forces of both countries.