In­dian Navy com­mis­sions Wa­ter Jet Fast At­tack Craft

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INS Tarasa, a wa­ter jet fast at­tack craft was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy by Vice Ad­mi­ral Girish Luthra, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, West­ern Naval Com­mand at the Naval Dock­yard, Mum­bai re­cently. Vice Ad­mi­ral Luthra ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the new INS Tarasa will dis­charge her du­ties with élan and re­solve, and bring lau­rels to the West­ern Naval Com­mand and the Na­tion.

Com­pli­ment­ing the de­sign­ers, builders, en­gi­neers, over­seers, and the of­fi­cers and the men whose ef­forts have fruc­ti­fied in the com­mis­sion­ing of the ship, he said that the ship is of proven de­sign, has good en­durance, low draught, high speed and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity, thus mak­ing her most suited for her pri­mary role of ex­tended coastal and off­shore sur­veil­lance and pa­trol. He re­served spe­cial praise for the ship’s crew and the War­ship Over­see­ing Team, Kolkata for en­sur­ing that the ship has been com­mis­sioned with all Weapon and Sen­sor tri­als com­pleted. The pas­sage of the ship dur­ing her maiden voy­age from Kolkata to Mum­bai, in rough weather, bears tes­ti­mony to the sea­wor­thi­ness of the ship.

INS Tarasa is the fourth and last of the fol­low-on Wa­ter Jet FAC’s built by the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and En­gi­neers (GRSE), Kolkata. The first two ships of the class i.e. IN ships Tar­mugli and Ti­hayu were com­mis­sioned in 2016 and are based at Visakha­p­at­nam; while the third ship INS Til­lan­chang was com­mis­sioned ear­lier this year at Kar­war on March 9, 2017. These ships are an up­grade of the Car Ni­co­bar class Fast At­tack Crafts with the In­dian Navy, which were also in­dige­nously de­signed and built by GRSE, Kolkata.

INS Tarasa is 50 me­tre long and pow­ered by three wa­ter­jets which give it speeds of over 35 knots (65 kmph). The ship is armed with a 30 mm main gun in­dige­nously built , and a num­ber of light, medium and heavy ma­chine guns to un­der­take costal de­fence op­er­a­tions. The ship is an ideal plat­form for mis­sions like coastal and off-shore sur­veil­lance, EEZ Pa­trol, law en­force­ment as well as non­mil­i­tary mis­sions such as Search and Res­cue, Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance and Dis­as­ter Re­lief. The com­mis­sion­ing Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the ship is Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Praveen Ku­mar.

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