Indian frigate “INS Tabar” visits Alexandria, Egypt

INS Tabar
INS Tabar conducting PASSEX with Egyptian frigate Toshka (906)

Indian Navy’s Talwar-class frigate, INS Tabar arrived at Alexandria on 27 June 2021 for two days as part of a goodwill visit, the Indian Navy announced.

India and Egypt share warm bilateral relations and ships of the Indian Navy have frequently visited Alexandria port.

Commanding Officer INS Tabar, Captain M Mahesh and the crew of his ship laid wreaths at Alexandria Naval Unknown Soldier Memorial. The Commanding Officer also called upon Rear Admiral Ayman al-Daly, Commander of Alexandria Naval Base.

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On departure from port, INS Tabar undertook a maritime partnership exercise at sea with the Egyptian Navy Ship Toushka. The exercise included helo deck landing ops and underway replenishment drills. These evolutions at sea exemplified naval cooperation and interoperability between the IN and EN. The goodwill visit by INS Tabar aims to strengthen strong relations between the two sides and also explore newer avenues of bolstering the relationship.

About INS Tabar:

INS Tabar (F44) (means “battle-axe”) is the third Talwar-class frigate of the Indian Navy. The frigate was commissioned on 19 April 2004 in Kaliningrad.

The Talwar-Class guided-missile frigate is a modified Krivak III-Class frigate in service with the Indian Navy.

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INS Tabar (Wiki image)

The ship’s surface-to-air weapons systems include one single-rail MS-196 launcher that can launch the long range Shtil-1 (NATO: SA-17) surface-to-air missile. Eight Igla-1E (NATO: SA-16) portable air defence missiles are on board for short-range threats.

Tabar became the third Indian warship to incorporate an eight cell KBSM 3S-14NE Vertical Launcher and was the first to upload the new Indian/Russian designed missile, the supersonic BrahMos PJ-10 ASCM (anti-sub/ship/surface cruise missile). INS Tabar’s VLS can launch the Indian designed 3M-54E Klub-N (NATO: SS-N-27) subsonic ASCM. INS Tabar has one 100 mm (4 in) A-190 (E) Dual Purpose Gun mount for surface and air targets. Its rate of fire is 60 rounds a minute at a range of 15 km (9.3 mi).

Two Kashtan Air Defence Gun/Missile mounts are INS Tabar’s Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) which has two GSh-30k 30 mm (1.2 in) Gatling guns per mount firing 5,000 rounds a minute, along with eight 9M-311 Grison missiles (NATO: SA-N-11) with a range of 8 km (5.0 mi).

There are 64 Grison reloads (32 each mount) with a package of four missile taking less than two minutes to load. Forward of INS Tabar’s bridge and aft of the VLS is one 12-round RBU-6000 anti-submarine warfare rocket launch that can fire either Splav-90R rockets or RGB-60 depth charges. Two pairs of fixed 533 mm (21 in) DTA-53 torpedo tubes are located port and starboard midships. Both can launch either SET-65E anti-sub and 53-65KE anti-ship torpedoes.

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