INS Tarangini (A75)

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Tarangini passing under the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge.
INS Tarangini
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
Status: Active
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 three-masted barque, commissioned in 1997 as a sail training ship for the Indian Navy. She is 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. In 2003-04, she became the first Indian naval ship to circumnavigate the globe.

Apart from races, the ship sails extensively across the Indian Ocean region for the purpose of providing sail training experience to the officer cadets of the Indian Navy. The Indian Navy believes that training onboard these ships is the best method of instilling among the trainees the "indefinable 'sea-sense' and respect for elements of nature, which are inseparable from safe and successful seafaring". The Navy believes that sail training also serves to impart the values of courage, camaraderie, endurance and esprit-de-corps among budding naval officers.[3]

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".[4] 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.[5]

In 2003-04, she became the first Indian naval ship to circumnavigate the globe. Since then, Tarangini has sailed to The Great Lakes in Canada for races and has also participated in European tall ship races. Tarangini won The Royal Thames Yacht Club Challenge Trophy in 2005 at Europe and stood third in Youth Sailing Division in 2007 in the USA.[6]

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).[7]

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.

Route map of INS Tarangini for Lokayan - 15.

In 2015, Tarangini began an eight month voyage (4 May – 3 December 2015) to participate in the annual tall ship races and other events at Europe, organised under the aegis of Sail Training International. During these eight months, the ship traveled approximately 17,000 miles under sail through the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea. She visited 17 ports in 14 countries to showcase India to the world, and demonstrate the Indian Navy's global reach. The theme for the voyage, codenamed LOKAYAN-15, was chosen as "tacking for a broader reach". The tall ship races were conducted primarily off the coast of United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Tarangini also participated in the tall ship race from Kristiansand, Norway to Aalborg, Denmark. She also participated in associated sail events such as Sail Rostock, Sail Bremerhaven in Germany and Sail Amsterdam in the Netherlands.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Indian Navy Surface Ships - Training vessels". Indian Navy. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Goa Shipyards Products - Sail Training Ship".
  3. ^
  4. ^ INS Tarangini Official website Archived 10 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ INS Tarangini back after voyage around the world
  6. ^
  7. ^ A ship sails tall and proud
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