Visakhapatnam: To strengthen coastal
security and Navy`s capabilities to counter threats emanating
from the sea, two water jet-propelled fast attack craft
(WJFACs) were commissioned into service here on Tuesday.
Commissioned by Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan,
the state-of-the-art high-speed ships, INS Cankarso and INS
Kondul, are the fifth and the sixth of `Car Nicobar` class of
fast attack craft, 10 of which will be built for the Navy.
All the ships would be fully indigenous and the project
is expected to be completed at a cost of Rs 617 crore, Navy
The highly-manoeuvrable ships, built by defence shipyard
Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers in Kolkata, are
capable of carrying out operations in shallow waters and can
operate in both day and night conditions, they added. The
WJFACs are likely to replace Navy`s old Sea Defence Boats,
The ships are close to 50 metres in length and can move
at speed of 30 knots and operate with four officers and 45
sailors on board.
Post-26/11, several initiatives have been taken by the
government to enhance maritime security and offshore defence
to prevent terrorists from using the sea route to attack
The ships will be based in Goa and tasked with the role
of detecting, locating and destroying small, fast-moving enemy
surface craft engaged in covert operations, a Navy spokesman
"In addition to their primary role, the ships will be
tasked with the role of policing, anti-smuggling and fisheries
protection in India`s coastal waters. In the long run, these
ships could help in ensuring stability in India`s maritime
zones of responsibility," the spokesman said.
INS Cankarso is named after an island near Goa while
INS Kondul derives its name from an island near Nicobar.
Water jet technology has rapidly gained acceptance as
the leading means of propulsion for all types of high-speed
marine craft, including ferries, work boats, patrol craft and
Recent advances in water jet technology have put them
ahead of conventional propulsion systems in high-speed
performance and reliability, the Navy spokesman said.
INS Cankarso is commanded by Arun Bahuguna and INS Kondul
by Shashidhar R Patil. The two craft are equipped with a
reverse-osmosis technology drinking water plant and sewerage