New Delhi. As part of government’s exercise to boost Indo-Russian defence relations and in recognition of the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ between the two countries, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at St. Petersburg, Russia Thursday to participate in the Russian Navy Day Parade. The ship was welcomed into harbour by officials from the Russian Navy with a live performance by the Russian Naval Band as a part of the Welcome Ceremony.
The Indian Navy is being represented at the Russian Navy Day Parade by a delegation led by Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
Besides attending the Navy Day Parade, the Flag Officer would also call on the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy to review Navy to Navy cooperation and explore new avenues for collaboration.
INS Tarkash will form part of the mobile column for the review by the President of the Russian Federation. During its stay in harbour, the ship will be berthed at Lt Schmidt Embankment and remain open for visitors for two days July 26 and 27. The ship’s crew would also have professional interactions with the Russian Navy towards enhancing co-operation between the two forces.
INS Tarkash, commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev, is the second ship of the state-of-the-art Teg Class Stealth Frigates (P1135.6), built by Yantar Shipyard at Kaliningrad, Russia. It is equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors and manned by a highly motivated crew of over 250 personnel including 30 Officers. It incorporates the latest stealth features such as reduced radar, infra-red, acoustic and magnetic signatures, thus making it difficult to detect at sea.