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About INS Kabra

Context:

Indian warship, INS Kabra, an indigenous fast attack craft, docked at the Colombo port in a move aimed at fostering bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka.

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Facts for Prelims

About INS Kabra:

Naming and Origin:

  • INS Kabra is a naval vessel named after an island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.

Class and Manufacturer:

  • It belongs to the Car Nicobar class, a series of high-speed offshore patrol vessels constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) for the Indian Navy.

Series Position:

  • INS Kabra holds the position of the eighth vessel in a series of 10 Fast Attack Crafts.

Purpose and Design:

  • These vessels, including INS Kabra, are designed to serve as cost-effective platforms for various maritime operations such as patrol, anti-piracy, and rescue missions within India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Island Naming Convention:

  • The class and its individual vessels follow the naming convention of being named after Indian islands.

Propulsion and Speed:

  • These vessels are notable as the first water jet propelled vessels in the Indian Navy.
  • INS Kabra, with a top speed exceeding 35 knots, and its water-jet propulsion system, offers excellent manoeuvrability, making it well-suited for high-speed interdiction operations targeting fast-moving threats.

-Source: Times of India


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