INS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) commissioned at Karwar

INS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy, at Karwar on 9 March 2017. It was commissioned by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command.

INS Tillanchang is the third ship of four follow-on WJFAC built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Kolkata. The ship has been indigenously designed and built and is an upgrade from the Chetlat class of Fast Attack Craft that the Indian Navy possesses.

The first two ships of the class, INS Tihayu and INS Tarmugli, were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam. During the speed trail, INS Tillanchang was able to achieve the fastest speeds among all WJFACs. INS Tillanchang is about 50m long. It is powered by three water jet propulsion system, which gives it speeds of over 35 knots.

The ship is armed with 30-mm main gun and a number of light, medium and heavy machine guns to undertake operations at sea. Manned by 50 personnel, at present, the ship is commanded by Commander Adit Patnaik. Tillanchang is an ideal platform for a number of missions like Coastal and Off-shore Surveillance, Law Enforcement, EEZ Control as well as non-military missions such as Humanitarian, Search and Rescue Assistance and Disaster Relief. INS Tillanchang will be based at Karwar under the operational control of the Flag Officer Commanding, Karnataka Naval Area.

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