Indian Navy has commissioned its newest Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), INS Tarasa (T94) into its fleet during a ceremony at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai on Sept. 27.
The vessel was commissioned by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. The Commanding Officer of the ship is Lieutenant Commander Praveen Kumar.
INS Tarasa is the fourth and last of the follow-on WJFAC’s built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. This is the second ship of the Indian Navy to be named INS Tarasa.
The first two ships of the class i.e. INS Tarmugli and INS Tihayu were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam; while the third ship, INS Tillanchang was commissioned earlier this year at Karwar.
These ships are an upgrade of the Car Nicobar-class FACs with the Indian Navy, which were also indigenously designed and built by GRSE, Kolkata.
INS Tarasa is 50 m long and displaces around 325 tons. The vessel is propelled by three HamiltonJet HM811 water jets, coupled with MTU 16V 4000 M90 marine diesel engines, delivering a combined 8,160 kW (10,940 hp) of power.
The improved manoeuvrability and speed allow it to have high-speed interdiction of fast-moving targets.
This enables the vessel to sail at speeds up to 35 knots (65 km/h). It has a mission endurance of 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) at a speed of 12–14 knots.
The vessel is equipped with Furuno navigation radar, LINK II tactical datalink and satellite communication (SATCOM), Surface search radars and sonar.
The ship is armed with a 30 mm CRN-91 automatic cannon, two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns (HMG) and multiple medium machine guns (MMG) to undertake coastal defence operations. It also carries a shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.
The ship can undertake missions like coastal and off-shore surveillance, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) patrol, law enforcement, search and rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).