Indian Navy Warships, INS Teg & INS Trikand Arrives in Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Indian Navy’s Talwar-class frigates, INS Teg and INS Trikand arrived at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, UAE for a scheduled port visit, on Dec. 23.

The visit will provide opportunity of cooperation between the friendly Navies of the two countries. It will also showcase India’s impressive achievements in the Maritime capabilities.

The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries in the Gulf and strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and UAE.

INS Trikand is commanded by Capt. Upal Kundu while INS Teg is commanded by Capt. Nirbhay Bapna.

INS Teg (F45)

INS Teg (F45) is the fourth Talwar-class frigate constructed for the Indian Navy. She was built by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia, and was commissioned to Navy service on 27 April 2012.

She is the first of the second batch of Talwar-class frigates to be completed.

INS Trikand (F51)

INS Trikand (F51) is the third and final ship of the second batch of Talwar-class frigates ordered by the Indian Navy. She was built by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia.

She was commissioned to Indian Navy service on 29 June 2013.

Talwar-class frigates

The Talwar-class frigates or Project 11356 are a class of guided missile frigates designed and built by Russia for the Indian Navy.

The Talwar-class guided missile frigates are the improved versions of the Krivak III-class (Project 1135) frigates used by the Russian Coast Guard. The design has been further developed as the Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate for the Russian Navy.

Six ships were built in two batches between 1999 and 2013. Designed by Severnoye Design Bureau, the first batch of ships were built by Baltic Shipyard and the second batch by Yantar Shipyard. All the ships of the class have been named after weapons from Hindu mythology.

Preceded by the Brahmaputra-class frigates, the Talwar-class frigates are said to have semi-stealth features and better armament. The Indian Navy currently has six of these ships and plans to induct four more in the future.

The Talwars features the Zorya designed and Mashproekt (Ukraine) manufactured M7N.1E gas turbine plant which comprises two DS-71 cruise turbines and two DT-59 boost turbines in two engine rooms.

The follow-on frigates, INS Teg, Tarkash and Trikand,  are armed with 100 mm A-190(E) main gun, BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, Shtil-1 multi-channel medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system (an export version of the SA-N-12 “Grizzly”), an  AK-630 fully automatic naval close-in weapon system (CIWS) and a RBU-6000 anti-submarine weapon (ASW) launcher. Eight Igla-1E (SA-16) portable air defence missiles are also carried by each ship.

These ships are designed to carry and operate one heavy duty helicopter.

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