INS Tarasa (T94), the fourth and last ship in series of Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into Indian Navy at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.
It is an improved variant of Car Nicobar-class high-speed offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built indegenously by Kolkata (West Bengal) based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), for the Indian Navy.
INS Tarasa has been named after the picturesque island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in Bay of Bengal. It is powered by the latest 4,000-series MTU engines and has displacement capacity of 315 tonnes.
It is fitted with advanced machinery control system. It has been designed to attain maximum speed of 35 knots and for an endurance of nearly 2,000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots. The ship will be fitted with CRN-91 indigenous 30mm gun with optronic pedestal. The ship will also have the latest communication equipment and radars to enable effective surveillance.
INS Tarasa will be based at Mumbai under operational control of Western Naval Command. It will be used for missions like coastal and off-shore surveillance, EEZ Patrol, law enforcement. It will also conduct non-military missions such as Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.
WJFACs are ideally suited and used for interception of fast-moving surface craft. INS Tarasa is fourth and last of follow-on WJFAC’s indegenously built GRSE, Kolkata. The first two ships of class INS Tarmugli and INS Tihayu were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam. The third ship INS Tillanchang was commissioned earlier in March 2017 at Karwar, Gujarat.