Sarthi, a 25-ton tug, was inducted into the Indian Navy in a ceremony held at the Naval Base today.
The tug, built at Tebma Shipyard Ltd, Malpe in Karnataka, is capable of generating 25 ton bollard pull capacity. Tugs provide berthing assistance to ships entering and leaving harbour.
Induction of Sarthi will bolster the capabilities of the Navy to berth capital ships at Kochi, a naval press release said.
Rear Admiral K Ravikiran, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard, Kochi, was the chief guest on the occasion, the release said.