Tarangini is the only sail training ship of the Indian Navy. She is
termed as three-masted barque in sailing parlance ie square rigged on the
fore and mainmasts and fore and aft rigged on mizzenmast. The ship has
been designed by Mr Colin Mudie, a famous naval architect and yacht
designer of UK, and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd. A reputed firm from U K
supplied the sailing rig.
INS Tarangini, commissioned
on November 11, 1997, is primarily meant for the sail training of cadets
of first training squadron. She also conducts sail training capsules for
cadets of National Defence Academy, Naval Academy and INS Shivaji.
A sailing ship is the natural training ground for the sea. Sail training
provides an excellent platform for basic seamanship. It teaches initiative
and how to use it to the best advantage. The main value of sail training
in this modern machine age lies in its unique ability to foster the
somewhat old-fashioned character virtues of courage, comradeship and
endurance irrespective of race, creed, colour and gender.
a first-hand experience of vagaries at sea to cadets embarking on a naval
career. All sailing manoeuvres require an experience of the basic elements
of marine environment. They also need nicety of judgement and that
indefinable quality of ‘sea sense’ which a sailing ship demands. The
principle qualification for command or any other position of
responsibility at sea requires strength of character.
built for worldwide operations. She carries twenty sails with a sail area
of 965.4 square metres. The ship has a very high endurance and can be
deployed at sea continuously for a period of twenty days. She has a
complement of six officers and twenty-seven men as permanent crew and can
accommodate and impart sail training to 30 cadets.
- Cdr Shaukat Ali