New Delhi, Sept 12 : Naval relations between India and Seychelles have taken one more step forward with the Indian Navy agreeing to undertake major repairs of that country's frontline patrol ship "Topaz".
An Indian Naval Warship, waiting outside Seychelles territorial waters, will bring the "Topaz" into Indian waters on September 13.
This is the ship's first port of call after the Indian Govt gifted her to the SCG in February 2005.
The ship is a potent fast attack craft and was earlier commissioned in Indian navy as INS Tarmugli 09 March 2002. The ship is on its way to Visakhapatnam where the ship's refit would be conducted. It is estimated that the ship's refit, including the dry-docking will cost approximately four million dollar.
The ship will undergo major repairs on its underwater and above water hull including shafting and propellers. Major overhauls would also be undertaken on its main engines, diesel generators, AC plants, HP Air Compressors and other auxiliaries.
The ship, with a complement of four officers and thirty-three sailors and a maximum speed of 27 knots, is tasked to detect, locate and destroy fast moving surface craft, bearing terrorist groups engaged in anti-national activities and also for anti-smuggling, fisheries protection and search and rescue (SAR). The ship is also capable of mobilizing a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of up to a garrison of 35 men at short notice.
The Indian Navy is continuously engaged in a process of mutual cooperation with Indian Ocean region (IOR) littorals for enhancing maritime security in the region.
The latest initiative in this direction is the IONS movement that proposes all IOR countries to discuss issues on a common platform and share concerns collectively and individually.