INS Shikra, Indian Navy’s first dedicated helicopter base was commissioned today, January 22 at Mumbai. This exclusive helicopter base is expected to enhance air support for protection and security of the national assets off Mumbai coast.
Some of the interesting features of INS Shikra are:
- Commissioned by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) and Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), Admiral Sureesh Mehta, PVSM AVSM VSM.
- Captain Philipose G Pynumootil is the first Commanding Officer of INS Shikra.
- The Air Station, which started operation in 1964 with a small Helicopter Maintenance Unit is now capable of providing maintenance and flying support to a diverse range of helicopters operating from naval ships at Mumbai like
- Sea King
- Kamov 28
- Kamov 31
- The station also provides Air Traffic Control services to all civil and military helicopters operating in South Mumbai.
- Shikra, after which the Air Station is named, is a small aggressive raptor with short broad wings and tall tail adapted for maneuverability, agility and speed. The crest of the air station depicts a bolt of lightning in the talons of a Shikra, symbolizing the strike power of the aircraft. The red and grey body depicts spirit of the men of “blood and steel” who man the unit and constantly strive for excellence.
Here is the photograph from Ministry Of Defence, showing the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta inspecting the Guard of Honor during the commissioning ceremony of INS Shikra at Mumbai.
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