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The Indian Navy commissioned an indigenously built fast attack craft, INS Trinkat, on 28 September 2000. The Trinkat is the first of four high-speed patrol vessels being built for the navy to strengthen the force's capabilities to police coastal waters. The Trinket, which has a displacement of 260 tons and a maximum speed of 25 knots, is equipped with state-of-the-art detection systems and multi-sensor guns. It is intended for patrol duties in coastal waters and around island territories. As such, the fast attack craft would strengthen the navy's capabilities in the country's vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of more than 2 million sq km.

INS Tillanchang, the second ship in the series of the Trinkat class fast attack craft built by M/S Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd, Kolkata was commissioned at naval base, Visakhapatnam in early 2001. The induction of the ship stands a testimony to the Navy's efforts towards indigenous warship production. The ship, measuring 46 metres in length and with a displacement of 260 tonnes, is capable of sailing at a maximum speed of 30 knots. The ship is armed with 30 mm medak gun adding a lethal punch against air and surface threats. These special features of the ship would augment Navy's strength in safeguarding the national interests against poaching activities in island waters surrounding A&N islands. The ship is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and satellite communication systems.

INS Tarasa, the third indigenously built fast patrol vessel was commissioned in late 2001 at Visakhapatnam by Mr NN Jha, the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Tarasa, the newly designed state-of-the-art Trinkat class ship, is based at Port Blair and bolster the Navy's surveillance capability in the widely dispersed Andaman and Nicobar Islands. INS Tarasa has been named after one of the islands of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago like in the case of the previous two sister ships of the same class, INS Trinkat and INS Tillanchang.

Fast Attack Craft (FAC) INS TARMUGLI was commissioned into the Navy on 09 March 2002 at Port Blair by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy, PVSM, AVSM, VM & Bar, ADC. This ship is the last of the batch of four fast attack craft built for the Indian Navy. These ships are equipped with state of the art surveillance system and Multi-Sensor guns and armament. INS TARMUGLI is intended for patrol duties in coastal waters and around island territories. The ship may also be used for policing, anti-smuggling and fisheries protection in coastal waters. The induction of the FACs would enhance surveillance over the vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). INS TARMUGLI displaces 260 tons, has an overall length of 46M and is designed to attain speeds in excess of 30 knots. With a large indigenous content, the ship will give yet another boost to the Indian Navy's drive towards indigenisation and self-reliance.

In 2002, the Indian Navy gave a contract to the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE)to build another four ships.

In 2005, the Indiand Navy transferred the INS Tarmugli to the Seychelles to help them better patrol their own EEZ and enhance maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. The ship was rechristened SCGS Topaz. As of mid-2005 Indian Navy was expected to place order for yet another 10 fast attack craft. The Navy was waiting for the government's approval for placing order 10 fast attack craft, each costing in the tune of Rs 50 crore. The fast attack craft would be placed in the east and west corridor primarily to provide local defence and coastal patrolling,

Displacement 260 tons
Length 46m
Beam 7.5m
Speed 30 knots
Crew 4 officers, 29 enlisted

Name Number Homeport Builder Ordered Commissioned Decomm
Trinkat T61 28 Sep 2000
Tillanchang T62 17 Mar 2001
Tarasa T63 24 Aug 2001
Tarmugli T64 09 Mar 2002
Bangaram T65 GRSE Nov 2005
Bitra T66 GRSE Nov 2005
Batti Malv T67 GRSE Feb 2006
Baratang T68 GRSE Feb 2006
T GRSE 2007
T GRSE 2007
T GRSE 2008
T GRSE 2008
T GRSE 2009
T GRSE 2009
T GRSE 2010

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