New Delhi : INS Tarmugli, a Fast Attack Craft (FAC), was commissioned by the Indian Navy on Thursday during an event held at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatam.
The Chief of Materiel, Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, was the ceremony’s principal guest.
According to the Defence Ministry, the ship is a Trinkat Class FAC that the Central government gave to the Maldivian Naval Defence Force (MNDF) in 2006.
The warship is equipped with MTU engines, the newest communication technology, a 30 mm gun, and a sophisticated radar system, according to the Ministry.
“It will be extensively used for coastal surveillance and protection of our Offshore Development Areas in the KG Basin area along the East Coast of India,” a statement noted.
The ship was returned to the Indian Navy in May this year, which also provided an in-service Waterjet Fast Attack Craft, to MNDF as the new MCGS Huravee.
Post extensive restoration work by the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam the FAC has been reincarnated in its present avatar, an official said.
INS Tarmugli is being commanded by Cdr Satpal Singh Sangwan and would operate under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh).
The 46 metre ship, named after a picturesque island in the Andaman group, displaces 320-tonne and can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.