#Indian NavyChinese Navy has had regular presence in Indian Ocean Region: Navy Chief
#Indian NavyRailway double-tracking project important for Navy too: Goa CM Pramod Sawant
#Indian NavyIndian Navy Recruitment 2021: Tradesman vacancies, direct link to apply
#Indian NavyMumbai: Navy divers slither down from chopper with sniffer dogs
#Indian NavyHow India’s Kavach will add to China’s Malacca Dilemma
#Indian NavyIndian Military’s Kavach is a message to Beijing that Indian Ocean Region isn’t South China Sea
- Technology Oppo A54 India Launch Pegged For April 19; Price Tipped To Start At Rs. 13,490
- Movies Ayushmann Khurrana Reunites With His Badhaai Ho Co-Star Sanya Malhotra; Read Details Inside
- Automobiles Hyundai Car Offer & Discounts For April 2021: Benefits Of Up To Rs 1.5 Lakh On Select Models
- Education Bangalore University UG And PG Exams Postponed Indefinitely
- Finance NPCI’s Bharat Bill Payment System; Now Pay All Your Recurring Bill Payments At A Single Place
- Lifestyle Ramadan 2021: Is It Safe For People With Diabetes To Fast? COVID-19, Associated Risks And Management
- Sports IPL 2021: Match 10: RCB vs KKR: Preview, TV timing, Live telecast, Live streaming, Chennai pitch report
- Travel 10 Best Places To Visit In Manali In April
Mumbai, Apr 17: The Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 330 or the “Harpoons” celebrated its golden jubilee on 17 April.
The squadron was commissioned on 17 Apr 1971 and received their baptism by fire when war between India and Pakistan broke out in Dec 1971. The squadron was initially equipped with Seaking Mk 42 ASW helicopters, acquired from British Westland Helicopters Ltd and is presently operating the Mk 42 B variant. Named as the “Flying Frigate”, the helicopter is among the most potent weapon platforms in the naval inventory capable of launching anti ship missiles, anti submarine torpedoes and depth charges.
On 26 Jul 71, Seaking landed on INS Vikrant for the first time and from that day on the indomitable team of Harpoons and the aircraft carrier Vikrant saw a series of firsts. The first operational ASW mission was flown on 18 Oct 1971. On 30 Nov 1971, the first vectored attack was carried out on a suspected submarine contact.
The squadron shifted to NAS Kunjali, (now INS Shikra, Mumbai) from INS Garuda, Kochi in Oct 1995 and has been based there ever since. The Squadron has won the coveted ‘Best Frontline Squadron’ and ‘Best Naval Air Squadron’ award on numerous occasions and continues to remain the eyes and ears of the fleet. The squadron has proved to be a force multiplier due to the Seaking’s all weather, day and night capability. The unbridled commitment of the squadron is captured in its motto – ‘Any sea, Any mission, Any deck’.