India, Oman sail together marking 60 years of ties

Muscat, Nov 24 (IANS) Ships of the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) set sail together from Muscat to Kochi in Kerala on Tuesday to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, an official statement said.

The journey is also aimed at retracing the historic sail ship voyages undertaken by Dhows, and sail trading ships from both countries to each other’s ports, taking advantage of seasonal winds.

“The flourishing trade of spices and garments from India and dates and gold from Oman, nurtured the two civilisations, developing cultural and trade linkage over many centuries. Since then, over five lakh Indians have made their home in Oman strengthening cultural linkages between the two nations,” the statement said.

Indian Sail Training Ship Tarangini had earlier reached Muscat on November 22 and a host of activities including media interaction were conducted by the Indian High Commission at Muscat.

Rear Admiral S.K. Grewal, Flag officer Sea Training (FOST), attended the events at Muscat, the capital of Oman.

The ship also embarked “distinguished” personnel for short duration during the sail out Tuesday. A Flag Officer from the Indian Navy is planned to be deputed for the event at Muscat.

“In consonance with the spirit of the event, cadets and young officers from Royal Navy of Oman will embark Indian Sail Training Ship and a few officers and cadets from Indian Navy will embark STS Shabab Oman during sail together from Muscat to Kochi,” the statement said.

On arrival of both Sail Training Ships at Kochi, a grand welcome and a closing ceremony will be organised from December 4-7.

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