New Delhi: Indian Navy's submarine training school INS Satvahana has joined the elite club of establishments providing training to friendly foreign navies with a batch of officers of the South African Navy graduating.
Opening a new chapter in the role and responsibility of this premier submarine training establishment, basic submarine training was provided on the Type-209 Diesel-electric patrol submarine to the S African Navy officers from January 31.
According to a Navy spokesman here, the training capsule was designed for combat and technical officers for a period varying from 37 weeks to 53 weeks. The Indian Navy has been training personnel from some 25 friendly foreign countries on a regular basis.
At the valedictory function held at INS Satavahana for the passing out S African Navy officers, Southern Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral SCS Bangara awarded certificates and Chief Guest and South African High Commissioner in India S Francis Moloi gave away prizes to the trainee officers and delivered the valedictory address.
Also present on the occasion were Rear Admiral Rauter, Chief Director Maritime Warfare (CDMS) of the South African Navy and senior officers of the Indian Navy, including the Commanding officer of INS Satavahana, Captain TS Ramanujam.