Source: Press Information Bureau
Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 313, the fifth Dornier aircraft squadron was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Chief of the Naval Staff.
Key highlights about the Squadron
- The Squadron will be operating from Chennai International Airport.
- With commissioning of INAS 313, the State of Tamil Nadu will have three naval air bases; which is the highest number for any Coastal State. INS Rajali at Arakkonam and INS Parundu at Ramnad are the other two air bases in Tamil Nadu.
- INAS 313 derives its name ‘Sea Eagle’ from the bird of prey family Accipitridae.
- The insignia of the squadron depicts a ‘Greater Spotted Eagle’ searching over the vast blue and white sea waves.
- ‘Greater Spotted Eagle’ is a large bird of prey and has good sensory capabilities, symbolising the envisaged role of the squadron.
- The Squadron will operate Dornier aircraft which is a multi-role Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft manufactured by HAL, under license from RUAG Aerospace.
- The Dornier aircraft is used for maritime surveillance, Search and Rescue Operations and to provide targeting data to weapon platforms.
The strategic position of the squadron will give the nation, dominance over the North Eastern part of the Indian Ocean which also consists of trade routes.