Indian Navy commissions fifth Dornier Aircraft Squadron

The Indian Navy on Monday commissioned its new Dornier Aircraft Squadron in Chennai on Monday, aimed at better surveillance. The new air squadron was scheduled by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff at the Naval Air Enclave, Meenambakkam, Indian Navy said.

The fifth Dornier squadron will help India track of the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean Region. The need was felt to create an operational air base at Chennai to enable better surveillance in the region, Adm Karambir Singh said during his address.

He added that the squadron would provide significant maritime surveillance capability and would contribute to enhanced maritime domain awareness, as well as enable faster response to emerging challenges.

The squadron will operate the indigenous Hindustan Aeronautical built maritime surveillance version multi-role Dornier 228 Short Range Maritime reconnaissance aircraft from Chennai airport. Read More

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