London gets quite a few naval vessels paying a visit but today saw a rare and exotic visitor arrive in West India Dock at Canary Wharf in the shape of the Indian Navy’s Talwar-class Guided Missile Frigate the INS Tarkash, pennant number F50.
The visit was organised by High Commission of India in London and this included banners, cheering supporters, TV and Press coverage with the Deputy High Commissioner H.E. Ambassador Mr. Dinesh K. Patnaik and a special guest appearance by Sachin Tendulkar .
Whilst rare, one of the INS Tarkash’s sister ships visited the Royal Docks in London as part of the DSEi exhibition in 2015.
The INS Tarkash is the 5th ship of the class but is the 2nd of the Batch 2 vessels which have a different weapons and equipment fit.
The ship is in the UK to undertake training exercises with the Royal Navy and is visiting London as part of a Anglo-Indian trade initiative and will be in London for 4 days.
The ship, classified as a “Stealth Frigate” was built in Russia for India and is an improved version of Krivak III-class ship.
In keeping with Russian design principles she is very heavily armed with:
24 SA-N-12 ‘Grizzly’ medium range anti-air missiles
8 × VLS launched BrahMos, anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles
1 × 100mm A-190E, naval gun
2 × AK-630 CIWS
2 × twin 533mm DTA-53-11356 torpedo tubes
1 × RBU-6000 (RPK-8) anti-submarine rocket launcher
The ship is carrying a Chetak helicopter but unfortunately the hanger remained closed and out of bounds whilst I was on board.
A video of her arriving in West India Dock can be seen below:
Update 10th May 2017
INS Tarkash has now departed London after a 4 day visit.
More pictures can be seen here.