On 26th September 2017, INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard, in Mumbai.
i.INS Tarasa would be employed for activities like coastal and off-shore surveillance, law enforcement and non-military missions like Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.
ii.INS Tarasa is 50 m long.It is powered by three water jets, with speed more than 35 knots (65 km/hr).It is equipped with a 30 mm main gun and several light, medium and heavy machine guns.
iii.The first voyage of INS Tarasa was from Kolkata to Mumbai.In spite of rough weather, the ship performed well.The commissioning Commanding Officer of INS Tarasa is Lieutenant Commander Praveen Kumar.
vi.INS Tarasa will be based at Mumbai under the operational control of Western Naval Command.
v.INS Tarasa was built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.This is the last Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FAC) built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).
vi.This is the second ship of the Indian Navy to be named INS Tarasa. The first INS Tarasa was in service of the Navy from 1999 to 2014.
vii.Vice Admiral Girish Luthra appreciated the ship’s crew and the Warship Overseeing Team, Kolkata for proper commissioning, at the commissioning ceremony.He also appreciated designers, builders, engineers, overseers, and the officers involved in the commissioning.
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