The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fourth improved Car Nicobar-class patrol vessel, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).
Named INS Tarasa (T 94), the 48.9 m-long ship entered service on 26 September in a ceremony presided over by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
Tarasa , which will be based in Mumbai under the operational control of the IN’s Western Naval Command, is the last in a four-ship programme known locally as the follow-on waterjet fast attack craft.
The first two ships of the class, Tarmugli (T 91) and Tihayu (T 93), were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam on India’s eastern coast; while the third ship, Tillanchang (T 92), was commissioned in March 2017 and is based at Karwar on India’s western coast.
The vessels, which are an improved variant of earlier Car Nicobar-class patrol boats that were commissioned between 2009 and 2011, were designed and built by Indian state-owned company Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata.
Each ship of the class is powered by three MTU 4000 series engines and propelled by three Hamilton waterjets, which allows it to attain top speeds of more than 35 kt, and a standard range of 2,000 n miles at 13 kt.
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