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US Navy's USS Momsen conducts drills with Indian Navy's.

| 2022

According to information published by the U.S. DoD on April 28, 2022, the U.S. and Indian navies concluded at sea bi-lateral operations off India's West Coast in the Arabian Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Destroyer USS Momsen and Talwar class frigate INS Trishul (Picture source: U.S. DoD)

The operations included the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) and the Indian Navy’s guided-missile frigate INS Trishul (F 43), which focused on building interoperability and strengthening relationships.

The U.S.-India bilateral operations focused on division tactics, a passing exercise, communications checks, and formation sailing, providing both navies the opportunity to work together to further common maritime goals.

INS Trishul (F43), translated as Trident, is the second frigate of the Talwar class of the Indian Navy. Trishul, the guided-missile frigate, joined the arsenal of the Indian Navy in 2003.

The ship was commissioned by the then Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Arun Prakash at St. Petersburg, Russia on 25 June 2003.

It has a complement of 32 officers and 228 sailors. In contrast to the lead ship INS Talwar, the sea trials of Trishul were considerably shortened as the ship performed well. Trishul arrived in Mumbai on 23 September 2003.

The surface-to-air weapons systems include one single-rail MS-196 launcher that can launch the long-range Shtil-1 surface-to-air missile. Eight Igla-1E (NATO: SA-16) portable air defense missiles are on board for short-range threats.

Trishul became the second Indian warship to incorporate an eight-cell KBSM 3S-14NE Vertical Launcher and was the first to upload the new Indian/Russian designed missile, the supersonic BrahMos PJ-10 ASCM (anti-sub/ship/surface cruise missile).

Trishul's VLS can launch the Russian-designed 3M-54E Klub-N (NATO: SS-N-27) subsonic ASCM. Trishul has one 100 mm A-190 (E) dual-purpose gun mount for surface and air targets. Its rate of fire is 60 rounds a minute at a range of 15 km.

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