Russian shipyard launches Indian stealth frigates 'Teg'
Moscow: Russia's defence shipyard "Yantar"
has launched first of the three Indian stealth frigates - INS
Teg (Sabre) - at a colourful ceremony in the Baltic enclave of
Under USD 1.6 billion contract signed in July 2006, INS
Teg begins the second series of three Project 11356 Talwar
Class (Krivak-III) stealth guided missile frigates to be
followed by INS Tarkash (Quiver) and INS Trikand (Bow).
INS Teg was launched with the recitation of Vedic hymns by
Indian naval attache in Moscow Commodore S K Grewal and
breaking of coconut by the Indian Consul General in St
Petersburg Radhika Lal Lokesh.
Russia has previously built three Talwar class frigates
for India -- INS Talwar (from the Hindi language meaning
Sword), INS Trishul (Trident), and INS Tabar (Axe).
In accordance with the Russian tradition, a bottle of
champagne was broken at its hull by its 'god mother' Raisa
Romashko, who is an eminent shipbuilder of Russia.
"The trials of INS Teg will start in 2010," "Yantar"
shipyard Director General Igor Orlov was quoted as saying by
Military TV Channel "Zvezda".