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.
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.
- 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