India inducts ICGS Arush, INS Tarmugli warships

NEW DELHI: India’s Coast Guard and Navy inducted their respective warships on May 23 and May 26 that are expected add firepower to the two maritime forces in the coming days and years.
Indian Navy commissioned its highly-manoeuverable fast attack craft INS Tarmugli on May 23 at Visakhapatnam on India’s East, where it will be based under the charge of Naval Officer-in-Charge of Andhra Pradesh. It will be deployed for coastal patrol and surveillance operations along the eastern coast of India.
Eastern Naval Command’s Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral H. C. S. Bisht formally commissioned INS Tarmugli at the Visakhapatnam Naval Dockyard.
Built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), INS Tarmugli is the first follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), is an improved versions of the ones earlier constructed by the shipyard based in Kolkata.
INS Tarmugli
Conceived, designed and built indigenously, the commissioning of this ship completes the addition of another chapter to the nation’s ‘
Make in India’ initiative and indigenisation efforts in the field of warship design and construction, an Indian Navy statement said.
Named after a picturesque island in the Andaman group, the 320-tonne INS Tarmugli, measuring 48 meters in length, can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
The ship is manned by a team comprising four officers and 41 sailors with Commander Sreejith S. Nair at the helm as Commanding Officer. 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 ships armament consists of 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) controls the gun. The ship is also equipped with 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.
On May 26, the Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Arush’’, the seventeenth in the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by Ministry of Shipping-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited, was commissioned at Kochi by the Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) Additional Director General S. P. S. Basra.
Addressing the function, Basra said the Indian Coast Guard will be a 150-ship and 100-aircraft maritime force in next few years. In addition to these operational assets, a coastal surveillance network is being established with 46 stations to ensure real time coastal surveillance. Indian Coast Guard Region (West) Commander Inspector General K. Natarajan was present.
The 50-metre indigenous FPV displaces 421 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 33 knots with an endurance of 1,500 nautical miles at economical speed of 13 knots. Equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment, the vessel can undertake multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation. The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS) and Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS).

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