Kolkata, June 29: The fast attack craft 'INS Batti Malv' was today launched at the Garden Reach Shipyard here for patrolling operations along the coast of the Andaman Islands.
The ship, named after an island in the Andamans archipelago, was launched in the presence of Indian Navy's Chief of Material Vice Admiral Parvesh Jaitly.
Built at a cost of Rs 50 crore, the Fac was the third follow on series of the upgraded 'Trinkat' Class Fac designed by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd.
"The vessel offers a cost effective platform for patrol and rescue operations at sea and has combat capabilities with matching firepower," GRSE CMD Rear Admiral T S Ganeshan said.
Speaking on the occasion, Jaitly said the navy had a current order booking for 21 ships with various shipyards of the country, including the orders for 11 ships placed with
There were plans for inducting more fleet tankers and offshore patrol vessels besides six follow on FACs, he said, adding "these will be delivered over a period of time."