Krivak-II class stealth frigate INS Tarkash arrived at the Western Naval Command headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday. This is the second of the three frigates constructed at the Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad in Russia.
The frigate was commissioned on November 9 in Kaliningrad by Vice-Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command.
“Tarkash is the second of three project 1135.6 follow-on ships ordered by Indian Navy, the first being INS Teg, which joined the fleet in June,” a Press Information Bureau release said.
The frigate is armed with advanced combat suite. Its arsenal includes BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, a surface-to-air missile system, an upgraded 100 mm medium range gun, an optically-controlled 30 mm close-in weapon system, torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets.
The vessel, manned by 23 officers, has 228 sailors. It is commanded by Captain Antony George, an anti-submarine warfare specialist.
The ship and the crew were given a warm welcome by the Western Naval Command. Rear Admiral A.R. Karve, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, presided over the function.