INS Hansa to complete 50 years on Sep 5
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Last Updated: Friday, September 02, 2011, 22:21
New Delhi: Indian Navy's premier air base INS Hansa which houses its state of art air dominance supersonic carrier based fighter aircraft MiG 29-K, will complete its golden jubilee on September 5.

"The naval base saw its first operational deployment during Operation Vijay in 1961 which resulted in liberation of Goa. During 1965 Indo-Pak war, the Sea Hawk and Alize aircraft squadrons based there were entrusted with air-defence of Bombay, Goa and Cochin," Navy officials said here.

Navy's fighter training squadron, INAS-551 will also complete its 50 years the same day.

INS Hansa presently houses squadrons like INAS-300 which flies the Sea Harrier fighters, INAS-310 flying Dornier reconnaissance aircraft, INAS-315 with the long range maritime patrol aircraft and INAS-339 with the airborne early warning Kamov-31 helicopters.

INAS-551 with the Kirans and INAS-552 with the Sea Harrier trainers also operate from there.

The base again saw action during 1971 Indo-Pak war, when INAS- 300 squadron with 18-aircraft onboard INS Vikrant were put into action against Pakistan.

"In a mere 10 days, the air strikes accounted for more than 100,776 tonnes of Pakistani ships sinking in the sea. The destruction also included important airfields, harbors and troop positions," the officials said.

For its gallant role in the conflict, INAS-300 won one Maha Vir Chakra, five Vir Chakras, one Nao Sena Medal and four Mentions in Despatches.


First Published: Friday, September 02, 2011, 22:20

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