The iced deck can be dicey, too, and takes some getting used to.
Ice forms quickly on surfaces, but the reliable systems thaw out the frost, once operational.
No doubt, these trials are also a test of the crew’s resilience and perseverance.
While the Indian Navy does not necessarily have compelling requirements that mandate its warships to navigate through such extreme conditions, the sea trials are a proof of capability and robust construction.
The INS Teg took almost five years to be built and will join the Indian Navy on Friday.
The INS Teg, and the Tarkash and Trikand that will follow, will differ from the earlier Talwar-class frigates by carrying the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, instead of the Klub-N missile.
The Talwar-class is a stealth warship design and the INS Teg is the first of the second batch of three warships being acquired by the navy.
The INS Teg is a Talwar-class (Krivak III) frigate built by the Yantar shipyard in Russia.
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Saurabh is a journalist based in New Delhi, India who has worked in print, television as well as internet news media. Besides defense and strategy, his past assignments have included reporting from Kashmir, coverage of terror strikes as well as election coverage from all over India. He has a Bachelors degree in Journalism (Honors) as well as a law degree (LLB), both from the University of Delhi.
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