The sailing ship INS Sudarshini – a sail training ship of the Indian Navy arrived at Benoa Port in Bali on Saturday, October 27, 2012 for a five-day visit.
Commissioned in 1997 and built in Goa, India, the ship is 54 meters long and carries of total 20 separate sails. The ship’s complement of 73 includes 32 sailor, 34 cadets and 7 officers.
The ship’s name of “Sudarshini” translates as “the beautiful lady Sundari” and refers to a half-sister of the Lord Buddha.
On an extended training and friendship tour, the Sudarshini will return to it home port in India in March 2013.
According to the Bali Post, the ship that departed India on September 15, 2012, is spending an extended period in Indonesia having already paid visits to Padang (West Sumatra) and destined to visit Manado (North Sulawesi) November 10-13, 2012, after its Bali port-of-call.
The ship will visit 9 countries and 13 ports within the ASEAN region during its current cruise itinerary.
Captain Shyam Sundar of the INS Sudarshini told the press in Bali that the ship’s route is retracing the traditional trading routes traversed by Indian ships 5,000 years ago that brought commerce and religious missionaries to the ASEAN region.
He added that the mission of the voyage was to unite the youth of India and Indonesia, together with the youth of ASEAN as a whole, via a program of people-to-people contact.
During its Bali visit the ship was open for visits to the public on Sunday and Monday, October 28-29, 2012.
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