Visakhapatnam: ‘Kestrels’ air squadron commissioned into Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 324 was commissioned into the Indian Navy within the presence of Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Jap Naval Command at a commissioning ceremony held at INS Dega, Visakhapatnam Monday.  The unit is the primary Naval Squadron on the Jap Seaboard working the indigenously designed and constructed Superior Gentle Helicopter (ALH) MK III (MR) helicopters.

Notably, INAS 324 has been named ‘Kestrels’, that are birds of prey and have good sensory capabilities symbolising the envisaged function of the plane and the air squadron. The Insignia of the squadron depicts a ‘kestrel’ looking over huge blue and white sea waves, signifying the integral Maritime Reconnaissance and Search and Rescue (SAR) function of the squadron.

ALH MK III helicopters are fitted with state-of-the-art gear which incorporates induction fashionable surveillance radar and electro-optical sensors.

These flying machines have been developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL). They’re primarily meant for Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) and SAR roles. These helicopters can be deployed for Humanitarian Help and Catastrophe Reduction (HADR) operations in addition to Particular Operations with Marine Commandos. The helicopter additionally has an airborne Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).

Addressing the gathering, Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta said that the commissioning of the primary ALH MK III Squadron within the Jap Naval Command will improve the surveillance functionality on the Jap Seaboard. The INAS 324 is commanded by Commodore SS Sprint, an achieved and extremely skilled ALH Certified Flying Teacher with in depth operational expertise.

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