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Indian warship INS Talwar visits Bahrain.

| 2021

According to information published by Zawiya on March 15, 2021, Talwar-class frigate INS Talwar (F40) of the Indian Navy arrives at Mina Salman Port (Bahrain) as part of Operation Sankalp.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Talwar-class frigate INS Talwar F40 (Picture source: Twitter account of the Embassy of India)

INS Talwar’s visit highlights the Indian Navy’s commitment to build co-operative partnerships with friendly nations of the Indian Ocean to develop solutions to meet maritime challenges together.

INS Talwar (F40) (translated as ‘Sword’) is the lead ship of Talwar-class guided missile frigates and was commissioned into the Indian Navy on June 18, 2003.

In the backdrop of the prevailing maritime security situation in the Gulf region, the Indian Navy had commenced maritime security operations named Operation Sankalp, in the Gulf in June 2019 to ensure safe passage of Indian-flagged vessels transiting through the Strait of Hormuz.

INS Talwar is presently deployed for Operation Sankalp in the Gulf in pursuance of the Indian Navy’s commitment towards ensuring the safety and security of maritime trade.

On March 11, whilst deployed in the Gulf of Oman, the ship received a distress call from a stranded UAE-flagged cargo ship MV Nayan requesting assistance. The cargo ship on transit from UAE to Iraq was adrift since March 9 owing to failure of its propulsion, power generation machinery and navigational equipment.

INS Talwar deployed its teams which worked tirelessly for over seven hours and enabled the ship to resume her passage.

One of the potent warships of the Indian Navy, she displaces about 3,700 tonnes and is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots (about 55kmph). Equipped with an impressive array of weapon and sensors, the ship is capable of addressing and neutralising threats from the air, sea and undersea.

The ship’s combat power is supplemented by its integral helicopter. The formidable ship is run by a professional and motivated team of 25 officers and 220 sailors. INS Talwar is presently being commanded by Captain Satish Shenai.

The Talwar-class frigates or Project 11356 are a class of stealth guided missile frigates designed and built by Russia for the Indian Navy. The Talwar-class guided missile frigates are the improved versions of the Krivak III-class (Project 1135) frigates used by the Russian Coast Guard. The design has been further developed as the Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate for the Russian Navy. Six ships were built in two batches between 1999 and 2013.

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