INS Tarkash, the Indian Navy’s newest warship, called at Portsmouth from 22-25 November. The Talwar II class frigate was commissioned at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia on 9 November. The visit echoes that by the first of class, INS Talwar, which also made Portsmouth her first ever port visit during her delivery voyage in July 2003.
Tarkash is the second of three Batch 2 modified Krivak III class frigates ordered from Russia in 2006 under a $1.6 billion contract. The first, INS Teg was delivered in April and the third, INS Trikand, is undergoing trials and is scheduled to be handed over next summer. The new frigates are armed with eight BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missiles, which with a speed of Mach 2.8 are the fastest cruise missiles in the world. A further batch of three more ships is expected to be ordered in the near future.