Monday, November 22, 2010

INS Trishul (F43) - Maxi Card

Date of Issue: December 04, 2008

This is a privately issued Maxi Card showing INS Trishul. The ship was depicted in the stamp issued by India Post on Navy Day, which is celebrated every year on December 4th since 1971.

INS Trishul (F43) is the second ship of the Talwar-class frigate of the Indian Navy, laid down on - 26 May 2000, launched on - 25 May 2001, commissioned on - 19 April 2004.

The Talwar class guided missile frigates are modified Krivak III class frigates built by Russia. These ships use stealth technologies and a special hull design to ensure a reduced radar cross section.

The word Trishul finds its origin from the Sanskrit word 'Tri' meaning three and 'Shul' meaning a spiked weapon. Consequently, this three-edged spiked weapon resembles a trident. Indian mythology has it that the Trishul was a powerful and all pervasive weapon of the Lord Shiva, that was effectively used by him to ward off evil. The Trishul as a weapon has been used ever since then to symbolize the victory of truth and righteousness over evil. According to mythology, surviving the onslaught of the Trishul is impossible. The crest of the ship depicts a strong arm rising out from under the sea, holding the powerful Trident. The mythological truth of this feared weapon, when extended to the INS Trishul makes the ship powerful in all three dimensions - air, surface and sub-surface. A warship that will be feared for her lethality and brutal power.

Click here to know more about Talwar class frigates.

Source: Wikipedia,

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