INS Hansa will retain its importance: Navy

Last Updated: Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 16:24

Panaji: India`s biggest naval airbase, INS Hansa, will retain its assets and its position as an important station for the Indian Navy, despite the commissioning of
another base, INS Kadamba in Karnataka, a senior officer said on Saturday.

Talking to reporters here, Commodore Ravneet Singh,
Officer Commanding INS Hansa, said, "There will be a lot of
ships in Karwar (INS Kadamba) and also there will be a short
runway. But (INS) Hansa will remain Hansa. We would continue
doing same thing which we have been doing.

Panaji: India`s biggest naval airbase, INS Hansa, will retain its assets and its position as an important station for the Indian Navy, despite the commissioning of
another base, INS Kadamba in Karnataka, a senior officer said on Saturday.

Talking to reporters here, Commodore Ravneet Singh,
Officer Commanding INS Hansa, said, "There will be a lot of
ships in Karwar (INS Kadamba) and also there will be a short
runway. But (INS) Hansa will remain Hansa. We would continue
doing same thing which we have been doing.

The base, which also houses a civilian airport and 10
squadrons, is celebrating its golden jubilee.

Singh said the base had been exceptionally useful in
curbing the piracy and anti-social activities in the Arabian
Sea. IL38SD, a surveillance aircraft which recently tracked a
ship hijacked by the pirates, operated from Hansa.

"IL38SD helps in tracking down the submarine and
suspected ships in the Arabian Sea right upto African coast,"
Singh said. Besides, a Dornier aircraft is also available.

"Goa should be proud that Hansa is in Goa," he said.

The base also handles 30 to 45 civil flight arrivals
daily. "The airstrip had total 12,440 civil flights and 7,000
hours` of flying of military aircraft to its credit," Singh
said, adding that airport had clocked highest number of
departures of civilian flights among the airports operated by
the Navy.

It is also home for MiG-29K aircraft that would be
attached to aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, and Sea
Harriers attached to Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 16:24

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