Indo-Oman Joint Army Exercise Al Nagah-II
INS Tillanchang, a water jet fast attack craft (WJFAC), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, at Karwar recently. INS Tillanchang is the third ship of four follow-on WJFAC built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The first two ships of the class, IN ships Tarmugli and Tihayu were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam. The ship has been indigenously designed and built and is an upgrade from the Chetlat class of fast attack craft that the Indian Navy possesses.
Speaking on the occasion Vice Admiral Girish Luthra said that these ships play a vital role in light of security environment in the country and are designed to take on both conventional and asymmetric threats. He apprised the gathering that Tillanchang was
The second edition of the joint exercise between the Indian and Oman Armies commenced with the opening ceremony at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. The training contingents comprised of platoon strength from both the armies, which was validated over two-three days by senior military observers of both the countries. The previous edition of the exercise was held at Muscat, Oman, in 2015.
The aim of this exercise is to acquaint both forces with each other’s operating procedures, improve the interoperability in conducting joint operations in the backdrop of counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism environment as also to enhance the existing military relationship between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman.