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INS Tihayu Commissioned
Oct 21, 2016

On 19 October, the Indian Navy commissioned a highly manoeuvrable fast attack craft by the name of INS Tihayu, named after the Tihayu islands in the Nicobar group of islands. Categorised as a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), INS Tihayu is built by Garden Research Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), who were also behind the building of Car Nicobar-class vessels that were fast-tracked after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

  • This 320-tonne patrol craft, which can exceed speeds of 35 knots, will be deployed along the east coast of India.
  • The ship is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced fire power. 
  • It is equipped with two 12.7-mm heavy machine guns and multiple medium machine guns, besides shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.
  • The ship is fitted with three water jet propulsion systems, powered by marine diesel engines generating 2720 KW of power. 
  • It is loaded with an indigenously-built 30mm CRN91 gun, an assorted variant of machine guns and shoulder-launched IGLA surface to air missile.
  • It is also equipped with two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns and multiple medium machine guns besides shoulder launched air missiles to combat aerial threats.
  • Four of the vessels are based in Chennai and two, including Tahiyu, will be stationed in Visakhapatnam.
  • Built by Kolkata-based shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), INS Tahiyu is the 20th vessel in this class to be built by the shipyard.

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