INAS 339

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INAS 339
INAS 339 insignia.jpg
INAS 339 Insignia
Active 23 November 1990 - present[1]
Country  India
Branch Indian Navy seal Indian Navy
Garrison/HQ INS Shikra, Mumbai (historical)
INS Hansa, Goa[2]
Nickname(s) The Falcons
Aircraft flown
Observation helicopter Westland Sea King (November 1990 - March 1993)
Kamov Ka-28 (until May 2009)
Kamov Ka-31 (2003 - present)[3]

The INAS 339 is an Indian naval air squadron based at INS Hansa, Goa .[4]

History

INAS 339 was commissioned by V Adm S K Jain on 23 November 1990 at INS Kunjali, Mumbai. Cdr S V Purohit was the commissioning Squadron Commander of the squadron. The squadron initially operated Westland Sea King helicopters but changed over to Kamov 28s in March 1993. The squadron, thereafter, shifted base to INS Hansa, Goa.

The Falcons inducted the Kamov 31 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft in 2003 along with the induction of the Talwar Class frigates from Russia, which has understandably given them the status of Navy’s ‘Eyes in the Skies’. INAS 339 operated both the KV 28 and KM 31 helicopters till May 2009. Thereafter, the KV 28 were rebased to INAS 333 in Vizag as replacement of the decommissioned KA 25s.[5]

References

  1. ^ "INAS 339 – The Falcons". Indian Navy. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Vice Admiral GM Hiranandani. Transition to Guardianship: The Indian Navy 1991–2000. Lancer Publishers LLC. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Indian Naval Air Squadrons". Indian Navy. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Mihir K. Roy (15 April 1995). War in the Indian Ocean. Lancer Publishers. p. 100. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "KAMOV 28 | Indian Navy". indiannavy.nic.in. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
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