Indian frigate INS Talwar visits Jubail port of Saudi Arabia

INS Talwar
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Indian Navy’s frigate INS Talwar arrived at Jubail Port, Saudi Arabia on 03 Apr 21 as a part of her mission in the Gulf, Indian Navy announced via Twitter.

India’s Saudi Arabia embassy launched a press release accordingy.

As a part of growing defence cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia, Indian Navy Ship INS Talwar has arrived at the Jubail Port on 03 April 2021. This port call by INS Talwar underscores deep-rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted defence cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia, and will further strenghten interoperability aspects between two naval forces.

The ship on arrival was recieved by the Indian Embassy officials, represantatives of the Eastern fleet of the Royal Saudi Naval forces and Border Guard officials. The ship during its stay at the port will be following all laid down COVID-19 protocols and utilizing the time for training and maintenance.

INS Talwas has been deployed in the Gulf region for safe passages of the Indian merchant ships and is testimony to the Indian government’s commitment towards safety of all Indian merchant vessels.

INS Talwar will be undertaking Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Royal Saudi Naval Forces on departure. The ship is deployed in the Gulf region for Operation Sankalp.

INS Talwar:

INS Talwar (F40) is the lead ship of the Talwar-class frigates of the Indian Navy. Its name means “Sword” in Hindi (see Talwar). She was built in Russia, and commissioned into the Indian Navy on 18 June 2003. Talwar was built by the Baltiyskiy shipyard. She was launched in May 2000. Delivery to the Indian Navy was scheduled for May 2002 after running, state and acceptance trials. Sea trials were completed in the Baltic Sea on 29 May 2002.

The ship is 124.8 meters long and has around 4400 tons of displacement. She is armed with a new 3M-54 Klub attack anti-ship system with a vertical missile launcher, Shtil-1 multi-channel medium-range surface-to-air missile system (an export version of the SA-N-12 “Grizzly”), a Kashtan anti-aircraft missile and artillery system, an RBU-6000 depth charge launcher and Puma-Universal artillery system. INS Talwar is designed to carry and operate one heavy-duty helicopter.

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INS Talwar (F40) (Credit: Wikipedia)