GRSE launches three fol­low-on wa­ter jet fast at­tack

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

Three fol­low-on wa­ter jet fast at­tack craft (FO-WJFAC) for the In­dian Navy were launched re­cently at the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders & Engi­neers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, by Medha Mu­ruge­san, wife of Vice Ad­mi­ral P. Mu­ruge­san, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Mu­ruge­san as­serted that In­dian Navy has been the torch bearer in the drive for in­dige­nous con­struc­tion of war­ships and ac­knowl­edged the role of GRSE as a re­li­able part­ner in pur­su­ing the na­tional goal of ‘Make in In­dia’.

These fol­low-on WJFAC are pow­ered by the latest 4000-se­ries of MTU en­gines, along with ad­vanced ma­chin­ery con­trol sys­tem and wa­ter jets and can at­tain a max­i­mum speed of 35 knots. The craft would also have the latest com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment and radars which would en­able ef­fec­tive sur­veil­lance. These fol­low-on ships have higher power gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 280 kW, en­hanced ca­pac­ity of RO plant from 2 TPD to 4 TPD among many other fea­tures as com­pared to the WJFAC al­ready in ser­vice. The in­dige­nous CRN 91 Gun with op­tronic pedestal gives them the req­ui­site fire­power to un­der­take their ba­sic role of pa­trolling ef­fec­tively. Two of these ships are sched­uled to be de­liv­ered to the In­dian Navy in this year.

Launch­ing of FO-WJFACs Yard 2109, 2110 and 2111 (out of the four con­tracted), de­signed in-house and built by GRSE for the In­dian Navy is yet another mile­stone in In­dia’s quest for self-re­liance in ship­build­ing.

At about 11:00 p.m. on June 21, 2015, an In­dian flagged, con­tainer ves­sel Jin­dal Ka­mak­shi sent out a dis­tress alert. The ves­sel was on pas­sage from Mun­dra to Kochi with 20 crew mem­bers on­board. The mer­chant ves­sel was about 100 km from the Mum­bai har­bour and re­ported that it was tilt­ing to one side by 20 de­grees. Bad weather fur­ther ag­gra­vated the sit­u­a­tion and the ship there­fore closed the shore and an­chored about 25 km West of Va­sai creek. The dis­tress was re­ceived by Coast Guard Mar­itime Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre (MRCC Mum­bai).

De­spite heavy winds, rain, pitch dark night and poor vis­i­bil­ity, In­dian Navy im­me­di­ately launched a Seak­ing He­li­copter at 12.45 a.m. on June 22, 2015. The he­li­copter went over­head the ves­sel and car­ried out a vis­ual as­sess­ment and when cap­tain of the ves­sel in­ti­mated that im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance was not re­quired, the he­li­copter re­turned to Mum­bai

19 In­dian crew of the ves­sel were winched up by the Seak­ing He­li­copter and brought to safety to INS Shikra, the In­dian he­li­copter base at Co­laba. The Master of the stranded ship was res­cued by the Coast Guard Chetak he­li­copter launched from Mum­bai.

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