Gaj-class tugboat

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Not to be confused with INS Gaj (2002).
INS Matanga, the second Gaj-class tugboat
INS Matanga, the second Gaj-class tugboat
Class overview
Name: Gaj-class tugboat
Builders: Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata, India
Operators: Indian Navy
In commission: 1973–present
Completed: 2
Retired: 1
General characteristics [1][2]
Type: Ocean-going Tugboat
Tonnage: 1,313 GT
Displacement: 1,600 long tons (1,600 t) full load
Length: 67.8 m (222 ft 5 in)
Beam: 12.3 m (40 ft 4 in)
Draught: 4 m (13 ft 1 in)
  • 2 × Garden Reach G7V diesel engines
  • 2 shafts
  • 3,920 bhp (2,923 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: Bollard pull: 40 tons
Complement: 75 including 6 officers
Sensors and
processing systems:
Decca 1226 (I) Radar
Armament: 1 × 40 mm 60-cal Bofors Mk 3 gun

The Gaj class offshore tugboats are a series of two auxiliary watercraft built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., Kolkata, for the Indian Navy. The vessels in the class are Indian Navy's biggest tugboats and can be used for towing aircraft carriers.[1]


Each vessel in the class has a 40 ton bollard pull and are powered by twin Garden Reach G7V diesel engines coupled to two propellers with a total output of 3920 bhp. They have four foam monitors installed for firefighting operations. The vessels have a speed of 15 knots and are also fitted with diving and salvage equipment. They carry an RCC (recompression chamber) and can render limited submarine rescue services.[1][2][3]

External images
Gaj class tugboat
INS Matanga

Ships in the class[edit]

Pennant No. Name Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Notes
A-51 INS Gaj 20 September 1973 14 August 1996 [1][2]
A-53 INS Matanga 29 October 1977 2 April 1983 [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "INS Matanga, Active Indian Navy ships". Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "ATF Gaj class". Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Diving Cadre And The Chariot Project". Indian Navy. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ocean Going Tug INS Matanga (A 53)". Indian Navy. Retrieved 4 January 2014.