Indian Navy commissions fast attack craft
The Indian Navy has commissioned its fourth water jet fast attack craft (FAC) INS Tarasa in Mumbai, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced on 26 September.
The 50m long FAC, built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, is armed with a 30mm main gun and a number of light, medium and heavy machine guns to undertake costal defence operations.
The ship is designed for missions such as coastal and offshore surveillance, EEZ patrol, law enforcement as well as non-military missions such as search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Powered by three waterjets, the 320 tonne vessel can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots.
INS Tarasa is joining INS Tillanchang, INS Tarmugli and INS Tihayu which were commissioned in 2016 and 2017.
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