Kolkata: Indian Navy today added a new warship to it fleet when state-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) handed over the 12th Waterjet Fast Attack Craft here.
Christened ‘Tihayu‘, the craft was handed over by GRSE Chairman and Managing Director retired Rear Admiral A. K. Verma and received by the warship’s commanding officer Commander Ajay Kashov, the Navy said.
Rear Admiral S. R. Sarma, Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of Eastern Naval Command, had carried out final inspection of the ship prior to acceptance by the Navy.
GRSE had earlier built and delivered 10 waterjet fast attack craft for the Indian Navy between 2009 to 2011. Indian Navy placed a follow-on order for four more of these craft, but a further improved version.
The first ship of the follow-on series, INS Tarmugli, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on May 23 this year. The second craft, Tihayu, has been delivered by GRSE.
These ships have an efficient hull form developed by the in-house Design Centre of GRSE and proved by extensive model testing, to achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots.
Measuring 48 X 7.5 M with a displacement of around 315 tons, these warships have an endurance of around 2,000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots speed. The craft also boasts of modern habitability conditions with accommodation for 29 personnel.
Named after an island in the Andaman, ‘Tihayu’ is fitted with three water jet propulsion systems powered by marine diesel engines generating 2,720 KW of power. It is also fitted with CRN-91 indigenous 30mm gun, to provide artillery fire support during attack missions.