Indian Navy’s Western Fleet ship, 'INS Tarkash', arrived in Qatar on Thursday. This comes in the "framework of the excellent relations and multi-faceted and growing co-operation between India and Qatar", the Indian embassy said in a press statement.
'Indian Naval Ship Tarkash', the second ship of the Teg Class stealth frigates, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on November 9, 2012. The ship is commanded by Captain Happy Mohan and forms part of the Western Naval Command.
With an overall length of 125m, width of 15.5m and a standard displacement of over 3,300 tonnes, the ship is capable of speeds in excess of 31 knots.
"The embassy deeply appreciates the support of the Government of Qatar and Qatar Amiri Navy in arranging the visit of Indian naval ships," the statement notes.
India has an ancient maritime tradition and maritime interaction with the Gulf, and Qatar in particular. The Indian Navy has a multi-dimensional capability comprising aircraft carriers, modern ships, submarines, aircraft and marine commandos. A notable feature of the Indian Navy’s force structure is the fact that the overwhelming majority of its ships are designed and constructed in India.
The Indian Navy has close and friendly ties with all navies in the Gulf. The Indian Naval ships have been involved in combating piracy off the coast of Somalia since October 2008 and also supporting safety and security of maritime trade in the Gulf region under operation Sankalp since 2019, the statement adds.
"The growing naval co-operation between India and Qatar is demonstrated by the high-level visits, training of naval officers, port visits by naval ships and joint exercises. The visit of 'INS Tarkash' would further strengthen the deep-rooted bonds of friendship between India and Qatar, and defence co-operation between the two countries," the embassy stressed.