The Indian Navy has inducted a new water jet fast attack craft (WJFAC), INS Tarmugli, into its fleet at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
INS Tarmugli will be based at the Visakhapatnam port under Naval Officer-in-Charge Andhra Pradesh.
The highly manoeuvrable vessel has been indigenously constructed by the Indian shipbuilding company Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) and is an upgraded version of the previously designed WJFAC by GRSE.
Christened after an island in the Andamans, the 48m-long vessel has a displacement capacity of 320t and can achieve a speed of more than 30k.
The craft will be propelled by advanced MTU engines, water jet propulsion, and incorporates the latest communication equipment. The vessel will be manned by a team comprised of four officers and 41 sailors.
Additionally, INS Tarmugli is equipped with a range of armaments, including a 30mm CRN 91 gun manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak and an electronic day-night fire control system, Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP), developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
The vessel is also fitted with two 12.7mm heavy machine guns (HMG) and multiple medium machine guns, along with shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to fight airborne threats.
INS Tarmugli can undertake high-speed operations in shallow water and is designed to engage in extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol operations along the East Coast of India.
Image: INS Tarmugli inducted into the Indian Navy. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.