A 25-tonne tug named Sarthi was inducted into the Navy at the Naval Base here on Tuesday.
Tugs provide berthing assistance to ships entering and leaving harbour.
Built by Tebma Shipyard Ltd. at Malpe in Karnataka, Sarthi is capable of generating 25 tonne bollard pull capacity.
The induction is expected to bolster the capability of the Navy to berth major ships at Kochi. Rear Admiral Ravi Kiran, Admiral Superintendent of the Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi), was the chief guest of the induction ceremony. Rear Admiral R. Harikumar,
Flag Officer Sea Training and Balasubramaniyam, vice-president of Tebma Shipyard and personnel of Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi) were present.