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INS Tir (A86)
Name: INS Tir (A86)
Builder: Mazagon Dock Limited
Commissioned: 21 February 1986
General characteristics
Class & type: Tir class
Type: Training Ship
Displacement: 3200 tons (full load)
Length: 105.85 m
Beam: 13.20 m
Draught: 4.8 m
Propulsion: 2 x shafts
2 x 7072 hp motors
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 20 officers/staff
120 cadets
Sensors and
processing systems:
Bharat/Racal Decca 1245 radar at I-band frequency
Armament: CRN-91 30mm autocannon
2 Bofors 40mm/60 (twin)
Flare launchers
4 x saluting guns
Aircraft carried: Platform for 1 HAL Chetak or HAL Dhruv

INS Tir (A86) (Hindi Arrow) is the first dedicated Cadet's Training Ship to be built by Mazagon Dock Limited and commissioned as such by the Indian Navy.[1] She is the senior ship of the 1st Training Squadron of the Southern Naval Command.

INS Tir was commissioned on 21 February 1986.[2] Sensors on board Tir include Decca Radar and a SATNAV (Satellite Navigation) system. She can carry up to 293 people on board, though her typical deployment is with 20 instructors and staff and 120 cadets.[3]

INS Tir (A86) is named after HMIS Tir (K256), a River class frigate of the Royal Indian Navy, earlier transferred from the Royal Navy where she served in World War II as HMS Bann (K256).



On the evening of 5 February 2011, INS Tir was on a training mission west of the Suheli Par atoll in the Lakshadweep archipelago. She was alerted by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Mumbai about Somali pirate activity in the area to her west. INS Tir tracked the pirate skiffs to a hijacked Thai fishing trawler Prantalay 11 being used as a pirate mother ship.[4]

INS Tir was then joined by ICGS Samar of the Indian Coast Guard. When the cadets on board Tir ordered the pirate ship to stop for inspection, they were fired upon. The cadets returned fire in which 3 pirates were injured, before the pirates raised a white flag and surrendered. 28 pirates were arrested, and the 24 crew of the fishing trawler were rescued unharmed.[5][6]


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