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Tuesday, 24 May 2016


VISAKHAPATNAM: The Eastern Fleet of Indian Navy has assumed the command of INS Tarmugli at formal commissioning ceremony held in Visakhapatnam on Monday. The first of the four highly manoeuvrable fast attack crafts being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) of Kolkata, the ship will strengthen the coastal patrol and surveillance operations along the east coast.

Vice admiral HCS Bisht, flag officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command has commissioned the ship into the Indian Navy at a formal ceremony held at Visakhapatnam Naval Dockyard. INS Tarmugli would be based in Visakhapatnam under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh). It is an improved version of the first Follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) which was conceived, designed and built indigenously, as part of the nation's ‘Make in India’ initiative and indigenisation efforts in the warship design and construction.

The ship is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced fire power. Built for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol the warship is fitted with advanced MTU engines, water jet propulsion and the latest communication equipment.


- The ship is named after an island in the Andaman group
- The 320-tonne INS Tarmugli, measures 48 m and can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
- Team of four officers and 41 sailors led by commander Sreejith S Nair appointed as the ship's commissioning Commanding Officer
- Armament comprises: a 30 mm CRN 91 gun manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak, an electronic day-night fire control system namely Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP) manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns (HMG) and multiple medium machine guns, besides shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.

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