Indian Navy gets two fast attack craft vessels

Indian Navy enhanced its might on Goa shore with the induction of two fast attack craft vessels which were received in the coastal state Wednesday.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 16:24 PM IST

Panaji: Indian Navy enhanced its might on
Goa shore with the induction of two fast attack craft vessels which were received in the coastal state Wednesday.

"Two brand new acquisitions of the Indian Navy INS Kondul
and INS Cankarso commissioned in August at Visakhapatnam this
year have been positioned at Goa," Indian Navy`s Public
relation officer, Commander M C Joshi said.

The ships were received today by Rear Admiral Sudhir
Pillai, the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area.

They are water jet propelled Fast Attack Craft and have
been indigenously designed and built.

INS Kondul commanded by Cdr SR Patil and INS Cankarso
commanded by Lt Cdr Arun Bahuguna were received by Rear
Admiral Sudhir Pillai, the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval
Area and families of the crew of the two ships.

The ships are almost entirely Indian in design with an
indigenous weapon package and are designed for coastal or
maritime patrol.

They are named after Kondul and Cankarso Islands in the
northern group of Lakshadweep Islands.

"What makes Kondul and Cankarso special is that the ships
are capable of very high speeds and in a chase can achieve
speed in excess of 30 knots," Cdr Joshi said.

The ships are fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and
communication equipment.

The crew comforts and operational preparedness have also
been carefully balanced.

They are thus equipped and capable of accomplishing their
designed roles of rapid interception, anti poaching, anti
piracy and Local Naval Defence.

The spokesman said it is foreseen that the arrival of
these two ships will increase the operational capabilities of
Goa Naval Area which has been operating with only one ship,
Fast Attack Craft INS Bitra for the past two years.

PTI