Indian Navy commissions fast attack craft INS Tarmugli

The Indian Navy has officially commissioned the recently delivered fast attack craft INS Tarmugli at a formal ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.

Built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), INS Tarmugli is the first follow-on water jet fast attack craft (WJFAC); an improved version of WJFAC, earlier constructed by GRSE.

INS Tarmugli is being based in Visakhapatnam under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and would be deployed for coastal patrol and surveillance operations along the East Coast of India.

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.

Measuring 48 meters in length, the 320-tonne vessel can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship is manned by a team comprising four officers and 41 sailors.