At an impressive ceremony at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation, INS Teg was commissioned on Friday 27th as an Indian Naval Ship by Vice Admiral KN Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.
INS Teg, is a modern and contemporary Warship with advanced technologies incorporated in every facet of design to make her stable, stealthy, fast and formidable. The ‘Teg’ class of ships, an advanced version of the ‘Talwar’ class guided missile frigates already in service with the Indian Navy, have been built to meet the specific Command and Control needs of the Indian Navy for co-ordinated Surface, Air and Underwater missions.
The weapons suite of the 125 metre, 4000 ton frigate includes the BRAHMOS Surface-to-Surface missile system, a Surface-to-Air missile system, 100 mm medium range gun, Close-in Weapon System, Torpedo tubes and Anti-Submarine rockets. With its advanced weapons suite and sensors fully integrated with its Combat Management System, the ship is equipped to augment the Indian Navy’s Net Centric capability, and is well suited to undertake a broad spectrum of maritime missions.
The ship also embarks and operates an anti-submarine or an airborne early warning helicopter– a dominant force multiplier.
Teg incorporates innovative stealth technologies to reduce her radar cross section, infrared and magnetic signatures, as well as radiated underwater noise.
The ship is powered by an advanced gas turbine propulsion plant with state of the art Controls, to attain speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship has been equipped with complex automated systems for nuclear, biological and chemical defence, damage control and fire fighting that can be operated centrally from sheltered posts to minimise casualties and achieve rapid restoration of combat effectiveness.
The ship’s crest embodies two crossed swords against the blue sky and ocean waves which symbolise strength, responsibility and commitment to a righteous cause. Commanded by Captain Rakesh Kumar Dahiya, a ‘Communications and Electronic Warfare’ specialist, Teg is manned by a crew of about 250 including about 25 officers. It is interesting to note that the individual crew members speak 15 different languages as their ‘mother tongue’ and follow six different religious faiths – A true microcosm of the diversity, and unity of India.
The ship’s motto ‘Towards Eternal Glory’ truly reflects the indomitable spirit of the ship and her crew, the will to fight for what is honest and truthful, and to surmount the most challenging odds in pursuit of Victory. Teg is likely to reach Indian shores by end Jun 2012. The other two ships of the Teg class viz Tarkash and Trikand are likely to be delivered by September 2012 and mid 2013 respectively.
Naval Today Staff , April 30, 2012; Image: indiannavy