As a part of comprehensive strategic relationship and to strengthen defence cooperation between India and the United Arab Emirates, two ships of the Indian Navy namely INS Teg and INS Trikand will make port of call in Abu Dhabi. The ships are scheduled to arrive on 23 December, 2017 and depart on 26 December, 2017.
The visit will provide opportunity of cooperation between the friendly Navies of the two countries. It will also showcase India’s impressive achievements in the Maritime capabilities.
The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries in the Gulf and strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and UAE.
INS Trikand, a Teg class Guided Missile frigate was commissioned into the Indian Navy at Kaliningrad, Russia on 29 Jun 2013. Equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors, enables these ships to address threats in all three dimensions air, surface and sub-surface. The ship is further augmented with the latest stealth features like reduced radar, infrared, magnetic and acoustic signatures, which makes it difficult to detect by enemy at war time. Powered by four gas turbines engines, the ship can achieve speeds upto 32 knots and can generate a maximum electric power of 3.2 MW. INS Trikand is part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and operates under the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, headquartered at Mumbai. The ship is presently under the command of Capt Upal Kundu.
The ship’s motto ‘Valorous and Victorious’ represents the indomitable spirit of this mighty warship and her crew to achieve success and glory in every endeavour.
‘Teg’ means a short, sharp and curved sword, traditionally wielded by Sikh warriors, who are famous for their valour and martial skills. The ship’s ‘Coat of Arms’ embodies two crossed swords against the backdrop of the blue sky and ocean waves which symbolise Strength, Responsibility and Commitment to a righteous cause. To honour this warrior spirit, INS Teg has been affiliated with the coveted Sikh Light Infantry Regiment of the Indian Army. With the motto ‘Towards Eternal Glory’ firmly etched in their minds and an indomitable spirit, the gallant crew of INS Teg remain ever vigilant and always ‘on call’ to protect the maritime interests and sovereignty of India.
The ship has advanced technologies incorporated in every facet of design to make her stealthy, fast and formidable. Her weaponry includes ‘state-of-the-art’ surface to surface and surface to air missiles, a high calibre gun, anti-submarine torpedoes and rockets. This is complimented by an advanced sensor suite, combat management system and an integral Airborne Early Warning Helicopter, the Kamov 31. Capt Nirbahy Bapna is the Commanding Officer of INS Teg.