Indian frigate visiting Morocco


The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tarkash has arrived at Tangier, Morocco, for a three-day visit as part of an ongoing overseas deployment by the Indian Navy to the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Europe. The visit seeks to strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Morocco.

This is according to the Indian Ministry of Defence, which said the stealth frigate arrived in Morocco on 8 July.

During the port call, various dignitaries and government officials of Morocco including senior naval officers are scheduled to visit the ship. The ship will also take part in numerous professional, social and sporting interactions planned with the Royal Moroccan Navy. On departing the port, INS Tarkash will carry out a Passage Exercise at sea with ships of the Royal Moroccan Navy.

INS Tarkash (F50) is the second of the three Teg-class stealth frigates acquired from Russia and was commissioned into Indian naval service in November 2012. She is commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev. The ship is a part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet and is under the operational Command of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.

The vessel has made other visits to countries around the world, including South Africa. She has also taken part in anti-piracy operations off East Africa.

Manned by 300 crew, the 125-metre-long, 3 700-tonne Tarkash carries a wide range of anti-ship, ant-air and anti-submarine weaponry, including the supersonic BrahMos missile, 100 mm naval gun, optically controlled 30 mm Close-In Weapon System, torpedoes and rockets. She typically embarks a Chetak naval helicopter.