INS Tillanchang Current Affairs
Indian Navy has successfully completed refitted Maldivian Coast Guard Ship (MCGS) Huravee at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam and was formally handed over. The ship was refitted in four-months as part of Indian Navy initiative undertaken in furtherance of its diplomatic outreach to friendly foreign navies in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
During the refit, major repairs were undertaken on MCGS Huravee’s hull, main propulsion and auxiliaries. In addition number of equipment and systems of ship were upgraded for better performance and reliability. Moreover, all equipment were put through extensive harbour and sea trials so as to achieve full combat capability of ship and ensure its continuous availability for operations to Maldives Coast Guard for next operational cycle.
It was originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, a Trinkat class patrol vessel built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkatta in March 2001. It was subsequently gifted to Maldives by Government of India in April 2006 to strengthen strategic partnership between two nations and work together to ensure maritime safety of IOR. The Indian Government through Indian Navy has undertaken such diplomatic courtesies previously when it undertook refit of ship in 2015.
India Navy has commissioned INS Tillanchang at Karwar, Karnataka. It is a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC)
It is the third ship of four follow-on WJFAC built by the Kolkata based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE). The first two ships INS Tarmugli and INS Tihayu which were commissioned in 2016.
These ships will play a vital role in light of India’s security environment. They are designed to take on both conventional and asymmetric threats.
- NS Tillanchang has been indigenously designed and built and is an upgrade from the Chetlat class of Fast Attack Craft (FCA).
- It is about 50 m long and powered by three waterjet propulsion system, which give it speeds of over 35 knots.
- It is armed with a 30 mm main gun and a number of light, medium and heavy machine guns to undertake operations at sea.
- It will be used for missions like Coastal and Off-shore Surveillance, Law Enforcement, EEZ Control as well as non-military missions such as Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).
- INS Tillanchang will be based at Karwar under the operational control of the Flag Officer Commanding, Karnataka Naval Area. It is manned by 50 personnel.