INS Tarangini (A75)

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Tarangini passing under the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge.
INS Tarangini
Career (India)
Name: INS Tarangini
Namesake: "Waves"
Ordered: 1
Builder: Goa Shipyard Limited
Laid down: 20 June 1995
Launched: 1 December 1995
Commissioned: 11 November 1997
In service: 1
Identification: Pennant number: A75[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Three masted barque
Displacement: 513 tons
Length: 54 m (177 ft)
Beam: 8.53 m (28.0 ft)
Height: 34.5 m (113 ft) (mainmast above waterline)
Draught: 4.5 m (15 ft)
Installed power: 320 hp (240 kW) per engine
Propulsion: 2 Kirloskar Cummins diesels
Sail plan: Barque rig (1035m² sail area)
Complement: 61 [2]

INS Tarangini is a tall ship of the Indian Navy, commissioned in 1997 as a sail training ship for naval cadets. Tarangini is a three-masted barque, square rigged on the fore and main masts and fore-and-aft rigged on the mizzen mast. She was constructed in Goa to a design by the British naval architect Colin Mudie, and launched on 1 December 1995.

Service history[edit]

Tarangini started its first circumnavigation of the globe in 2003-04 with the theme of "building bridges of friendship across the oceans".[3] During the fifteen-month voyage, the ship covered 33,000 nautical miles (61,000 km) and visited 36 ports in 18 countries. The ship was received by the president, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.[4]

The ship sailed to Europe in 2005 with the aim of ‘strengthening the bridges of friendship across the seas’. She called at 16 ports in 13 countries covering a distance of over 15,000 nautical miles. She participated in the International Fleet Review and International Festival of the Sea at Portsmouth, tall ship races organized by Sail Training International, Sail Bremerhaven and the Sail Amsterdam Sea Festival before returning to India.

On 10 January 2007, Tarangini started another 10-month overseas voyage named "Lokayan 07", calling at 23 ports in 16 countries. The ship departed Kochi on 10 January 2007 and transited through the Suez Canal to reach the Atlantic Coast of North America. It participated in a series of tall ship events such as the World Peace Cup, Maritime Festival of Charleston, Sail Virginia, Sail Rhode Island and Sail Boston and returned to port on October 2007 after covering 22,000 nautical miles (41,000 km).[5]

The ship also undertook the Chola Expedition organized by the Maritime History Society of India to retrace the path followed by the Chola seafarers from January to March 2008. The ship called at the ports of Jakarta, Singapore and Phuket during the expedition.

Tarangini flew the Indian flag at the International Fleet Review during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Sri Lanka Navy in December 2010. She was the only tall ship to attend, and was the first ship to be reviewed by Sri Lankan president. The ship stood out during the review with its yards manned by Indian naval cadets and midshipmen of the Sri Lanka Navy.

The value of sail training lies in its ability to foster the virtues of courage, camaraderie, esprit-de-corps and endurance—valued in the Indian Navy for character building. Sailing platforms are suitable for exposing young officers to the challenges at sea to imbibe "sea sense". Whilst under sail, cadets improve their appreciation of the elements to improve their practical experience.

During the last 15 years Tarangini has participated in 13 expeditions sailing over 188,000 nautical miles (348,000 km; 216,000 mi), remaining at sea for over 2,100 days, visiting 74 ports in 39 countries and transforming young naval cadets into mariners.

In 2012 INS Sudarshini, built to the same design, was commissioned by the Indian Navy.


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