A Water Jet Fast Attack Craft named INS Tarasa on 26 September 2017 was commissioned into the Indian Navy.
The craft was commissioned by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
• INS Tarasa is decked with proven design, good endurance, low draught, high speed and manoeuvrability. Therefore, the craft is most suited for its primary role of extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol.
• This is the second ship of the Indian Navy to be named INS Tarasa. The first INS Tarasa was in service of the Navy from 1999 to 2014. The new INS Tarasa will be based at Mumbai under the operational control of Western Naval Command.
• It is the fourth and last of the follow-on Water Jet FAC's built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. The first two ships of the class i.e. IN ships Tarmugli and Tihayu were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam; while the third ship INS Tillanchang was commissioned at Karwar in March 2017. These ships are an upgrade of the Car Nicobar class Fast Attack Crafts with the Indian Navy, which were also indigenously designed and built by GRSE, Kolkata.
• INS Tarasa is 50 m long and powered by three waterjets which give it speeds of over 35 knots.
• It is armed with a 30 mm main gun indigenously built, and a number of light, medium and heavy machine guns to undertake costal defence operations.
• The ship is an ideal platform for missions like coastal and off-shore surveillance, EEZ Patrol, law enforcement as well as non-military missions such as Search and Rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.
• The commissioning Commanding Officer of the ship is Lieutenant Commander Praveen Kumar.