The ship, a Trinkat Class FAC boasts of a remarkable history and began its service as INS Tillanchang. Operating actively until 2006, as part of India’s diplomatic outreach in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the ship was gifted to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and assumed the name MCGS Huravee. From April 16, 2006, until its decommissioning in May 2023, MCGS Huravee served under the MNDF flag. Upon its return to the Indian Navy, the ship underwent an extensive six-month refurbishment and upgrade at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.
With the distinguished title of INS Tarmugli, it was officially recommissioned in the presence of VAdm Sandeep Naithani, Chief of Materiel. The ship’s incorporation marks a significant advancement in Naval shoreline operations, owing to its Water Jet Fast Attack Craft capabilities, which promise exceptional agility and speed.
Fitted with MTU engines, the latest communication equipment, a 30 mm gun and an advanced Radar system, the warship will be extensively used for coastal surveillance and protection of ODAs (Offshore Development Area) in the KG Basin area along the East Coast of India.
INS Tarmugli would operate under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and is being commanded by Cdr Satpal Singh Sangwan. The 46-metre ship, named after a picturesque island in the Andaman group, displaces 320-tonne and can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
INS Tarmugli is tailored for tasks such as intercepting swift surface vessels, executing Anti-Smuggling operations, ensuring Fishery Protection, and conducting Search & Rescue Operations. INS Tarmugli stands as a testament to the Indian Navy’s commitment to maritime security and operational excellence.