INS Tarkash, the second of the three stealth frigates constructed at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, Russia, was commissioned and inducted into the Navy by Vice-Admiral Shekhar Kumar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, at Kaliningrad on Friday .

Indian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Ajai Malhotra, senior government officials of Russia, senior officials of the Indian and Russian Navies and industry representatives also attended the commissioning ceremony, according to reports received here at the Ministry of Defence.

A bolster

The induction of the second in the series of the multirole stealth frigate with an advanced combat suite and an optimal blend of Russian and Indian cutting-edge technologies, not only bolsters the Indian Navy’s role as a key facilitator in promoting peace and stability in the Indian Ocean Region, but also embodies the dynamic character of Indo-Russian military technical cooperation, officials have said.

The array of weapons and sensors onboard the ship include the supersonic BrahMos missile system, advanced surface-to-air missile system, upgraded 100mm medium range gun, optically controlled 30 mm close-in weapon system, torpedoes, rocket launchers and advanced electronic warfare/communication suite.

“The frigate is commanded by Captain Antony George, an ‘anti submarine warfare’ specialist. It will join the Western Fleet of the Indian Navy by this December- end,” officials said.

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