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Visakhapatnam, December 14 – The Indian Navy is set to induct the fast attack craft INS Tarmugli in a ceremonial commissioning ceremony at Naval Dockyard on Thursday. This vessel carries a unique distinction, having served under the flags of two nations with three different names during its distinguished service.

Originally commissioned as INS Tillanchang, a Trinkat Class ship in the Indian Navy, it served actively until 2006. Following this, the vessel was gifted to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) by the Indian government as part of diplomatic outreach in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). In its second phase of service, the ship was commissioned into MNDF as MCGS Huravee on April 16, 2006, and served until its decommissioning in May 2023.

The ship was subsequently returned to the Indian Navy, accompanied by the provision of an in-service Waterjet Fast Attack Craft named INS Tarmugli to MNDF, serving as the new MCGS Huravee. After an extensive examination and decision-making process, the Indian Navy chose to refurbish, repair, and re-induct the vessel into its force levels.

Over the past six months, INS Tarmugli underwent substantial repair and upgradation at Naval Dockyard, Vishakhapatnam. The vessel is now ready to be recommissioned as ‘INS Tarmugli’ in a ceremony where Sandeep Naithani, Chief of Materiel, will be the Chief Guest.

This event highlights the diplomatic and operational significance of naval vessels in fostering cooperation and maintaining security in the Indian Ocean. INS Tarmugli’s unique journey reflects the collaborative efforts between nations and the commitment to enhancing naval capabilities in the region.