Ever since Josh has been playing with his lego pirate ship he has been fascinated with large ships (mainly of the pirate type!). Imagine his excitment when we surprised him with the news that he will be visiting an actual naval warship! Four Indian Navy vessels are currently visiting Oman and are docked at the Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat. With the help of our uncle, we were granted permission to go visit one of these magnificent and fasinating metallic beauties.
Our destination was the INS Tabar. We were provided with a private tour of the ‘Battle Axe’ (literal translation of the Tabar) by one of her Officers. He walked us through the ship explaining its role and its impressive array of weaponary. INS Tabar, a Talwar class warship, was specifically commissioned from Russia. It is the third of the Talwar-class frigate of the Indian Navy. The Tabar is armed with some of the latest and missile systems and its main role is to provide air defence to India's aircraft carrier group.
Josh was amazed to learn that the Tabar, which is involved in piracy patrols in the Horn of Africa, was involved in the destruction of a "Pirate Mothership". He was in awe of the physical size of all the equipment, the uniformed sailors and the array of weaponry onboard. My hubby and I also enjoyed the tour and learning about the ship's capabilities and history.
Good luck to the officers and crew of the Tabar and her sister ships on their future adventures!