GRSE Hands Over Fast Attack Craft
Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), "TIHAYU" built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was formally "Handed Over" to the Indian Navy on August 30, 2016 at GRSE, Kolkata.
The warship was handed over by Rear Admiral (Retd) AK Verma, Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE to the Commanding Officer of the ship Cdr. Ajay Kashov, at a ceremony held in GRSE today. Rear Admiral SR Sarma, Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of Eastern Naval Command carried out Final Inspection of the ship prior to acceptance by the Navy. Commodore HC Joshi, Command Construction Officer, Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam, Captain B Sardana, Director Ship Production, Integrated Headquarters (Navy), New Delhi, Cmde Ratnakar Ghosh (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding), Mr Sarvjit Singh Dogra, Director (Finance), Mr AK Nanda, Director (Personnel) and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE were present on the occasion.
GRSE had earlier built and delivered 10 WJFACs to the Indian Navy during 2009 to 2011, which are proving well in service. Indian Navy has placed order for four more of these WJFACs as 'Follow-on' ships. The first ship of the 'Follow-on' Series of WJFACs INS Tarmugli was commissioned into Indian Navy on May 23, 2016. The second FAC has been delivered by GRSE now.
These ships are a improved version of Fast Attack Crafts earlier built by GRSE for Indian Navy. The ship has an efficient hull form developed by the in-house Design Centre of GRSE and proved by extensive model testing, to achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots.
This warship measuring 48 X 7.5 M with a displacement of around 315 Tons, has an endurance of around 2000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots speed. She also boasts of modern habitability conditions with accommodation for 29 personnel.
Named after an island in the Andaman, "Tihayu" is fitted with three water jet propulsion systems powered by marine diesel engines generating 2720 KW of power. She is also fitted with CRN-91 indigenous 30mm Gun, to provide Artillery fire support during attack missions.
With the handing over of "Tihayu", GRSE has once again demonstrated its commitment to strengthen the maritime security of the Nation, thereby meeting the aspirations that the country has reposed in this Mini Ratna Shipyard.
- Wg Cdr SS Birdi
Rear Admiral (Retd) AK Verma, CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) handing over the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft "Tihayu" to its Commanding Officer Cdr Ajay Kashov in Kolkata on August 30, 2016.