Ezhimala: Signaling the increasing role being played the Indian Naval Academy (INA) situated here, one of the premier training wings of Indian Navy, frontline ships have started to arrive at the Ettikulam Bay.
Two warships from the Western Fleet INS Mysore and INS Gomati are currently being anchored off Ettikulam bay. It is the maiden visit of these two ships to INA.
The visits of these prestigious ships ensure the INA cadets an opportunity to embark and experience various practical aspects of warships.
“Be it the seamanship, navigation, organisational or the functional aspects, the cadets are bound to learn a lot from these visits. Plus the pride of embarking on a frontline ship for the first time will be an unforgettable moment. In the next couple of days they would also get an upclose with the navigation and weaponry aspects of these ships,” says an official.
Training ships will join INA command in future
INA officials tell Mathrubhumi that training ships will be permanent fixtures and plans are already afoot to have them under its command.
“In the Phase-III expansion plan, we will have training ships berthed at the Ettikulam bay and they will help our cadets undertake on board training,” says an official.
INA plans to build a separate jetty near Ettikulam bay for these training ships, which when heard last, was under various stages of development.
Indian Navy wants to position INA on par with the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and once the training ships join the party, that dream will be fulfilled.
As reported by Mathrubhumi in 2015, INA’s Phase-II expansion plans are expected to be completed in 2017, with the cadet strength likely to breach the 1500-mark.
INA hopes to add another 1000 cadets, including those from friendly nations, when the Phase-III plans get completed.
Warship officials inspire trainee Midshipmen
INA officials said on Tuesday that the Commanding Officers and Officers of the warships interacted with officers of INA. The trainee Midshipmen too got an opportunity to interact with the crew of INS Mysore and INS Gomati.
The officials of both the visiting ships were taken on a guided tour of academic faculties at INA.
“They were shown around the laboratories, warship simulator, weapon training centre, sail training centre, firing range, sports facilities, equitation training centre, indoor air rifle and pistol range, cadets mess, cadets squadrons and aquatics complex. While some have visited INA before, it was the maiden visit to many crew members,” the official added.
INS Mysore, a guided missile destroyer, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on June 2, 1999. Equipped with an array of weapons and sensors which include, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft and anti-missile guns and torpedo and anti-submarine rocket launchers, the ship has been named after the tourist-hotspot-city of Karnataka, then Mysore, and now Mysuru.
INS Gomati was commissioned into the Indian Navy on April 16 1988 and it is the third of the indigenously-built ‘Godavari’ class guided missile frigates. It has a wide array of sensors covering all facets of maritime warfare.
It is named after a river in North India, which flows from Gomati Tal in Pilibhit to its confluence with the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh.
Japanese destroyer visits SNC Kochi
In a linked development of Indian Navy, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Ship Teruzuki was at the Southern Naval Command (SNC) in Kochi from September 9 to 11.
JMSDF Ship Teruzuki, a destroyer, was commanded by Commander Seiichi Hashimoto. The crew visited the Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) School situated at SNC.
SNC officials said that the ship was on a return passage to Japan after completing an operational anti-piracy deployment along with naval units from Combined Maritime Forces, in Gulf of Aden and North Arabian Sea.
“A Passage Exercise (PASSEX) was held off Kochi between Indian Naval Ship Sunayna and JMSDF Ship Teruzuki on the latter’s departure from Kochi,” they said.