Kaliningrad: The first of the three follow-on Talwar-class, or the Krivak IV class, frigates under construction at the Yantar shipyard in the Russian exclave at Kaliningrad has been 'floated-out' at a solemn ceremony, the shipyard said. The stealth frigate has been designated INS Teg.
Its sister ships, INS Tarkash and Trikand, are also under various stages of construction at the shipyard.
Present at the floating out ceremony of the frigate were Mrs Radhika Lal Lokesh, consul general of India at Saint Petersburg, the naval attache in Russia, Felix Lapin, administration chief of Kaliningrad, admiral Chirkov, commander–in-chief of the Baltic fleet as well as representatives of Rosoboronexport.
On the occasion, all speakers emphasised the importance of the order not just for Russian-Indian defence cooperation, but also for Russian shipbuilding, the Kaliningrad region and the Shipyard Yantar in particular.
The director general of the shipyard, Igor Orlov, was very happy with the float-out and said, ''In spite of all difficulties we have done it.''
Apart from shipyard workers, their families too attended the ceremony.