Decommissioning of IN FAC T-81

The Indian Naval Fast Attack Craft, IN FAC T-81, of the Super Dvora MK II class was decommissioned on January 28 2020 in Mumbai.

Highlights

  • The IN FAC T-81 was decommissioned after providing service for more than 20 years.
  • The event for decommissioning was held at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.
  • The Chief Guest of the event was Rear Admiral V Srinivas who is the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area.

About IN FAC T-81

  • It is a 25 meters long vessel having 60 tonnes of displacement.
  • The craft was built at Goa Shipyard Ltd. in collaborations with M/s Ramta of Israel.
  • It was commissioned into the service of Indian Navy on June 5, 1999.
  • The commissioning of the craft was done by the then Governor of Goa, Lt Gen JFR Jacob (Retd).
  • It was specially designed for shallow waters.
  • It has the capability of day or night surveillance and reconnaissance.
  • The craft was also involved in the beach insertion, extraction of Marine Commandoes, high-speed interception of intruder craft and Search & Rescue.
  • The craft could achieve the speeds up to 45 knots.
  • It was the 2nd ship of the Extra Fast Attack Craft (XFAC) Super Dvora MK II Class.

Super Dvora Mark II-class patrol boats

It is a high-speed class of patrol boats. He boats are meant for a variety of naval missions ranging from the typical off-shore coastal patrol mission profiles to a high-speed, high-manoeuvre littoral warfare. It is built by Israel Aerospace Industries for the Israeli Sea Corps. It is the successor to the Dvora-class fast patrol boats. He boats have been employed by the Sri Lanka Navy to counter the LTTE operations at sea.

Fast attack craft (FAC)

FAC is a small, fast, agile and offensive warship that are armed with anti-ship missiles, gun or torpedoes. They are operated in close proximity to land. They lack seakeeping and all-round defensive capabilities to survive in blue water. They can reach up to the speeds of 25–50 knots.

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