INS Tarasa was formally transferred from the Indian Navy to the Seychelles Coast Guard on Friday , 07 Nov 14, to assume a new life as patrol ship Constant.
Speaking on the occasion, Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, highlighted the importance of the seas to the economic prosperity of both nations in the 21st century and the need to ensure maritime security in the Indian Ocean in the face of growing asymmetric and non conventional threats, so that both nations could grow unhindered.
Admiral Dhowan stated that the transfer of INS Tarasa to the Seychelles Coast Guard would strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two forces further, and bring the two nations even closer.
INS Tarasa (re-christened PS Constant) is the second fast Attack Craft to be gifted by the Government of India to Seychelles in the recent times, the previous being INS Tarmugli that was renamed PS Topaz.
PS Constant and PS Topaz along with the Dornier Maritime Patrol aircraft (also gifted by the Government of India) are expected to operate together in the coming years, forming the core of the Seychelles Coast Guard’s ability to keep the EEZ of the nation safe and secure from burgeoning maritime threats.
Press release, Image: Indian Navy