INAS 334: Indian Navy chief commissions MH-60R 'Seahawks' into service at Kochi-based INS Garuda

Team India Sentinels Wednesday 6th of March 2024 01:54 PM

MH-60Rs during the commissioning ceremony. (India Sentinels photo via special arrangement.)

Kochi: The Indian Navy’s first squadron of MH-60R (Romeo) “Seahawk” helicopters, has been officially commissioned into the service at a ceremony held at INS Garuda, Kochi, on Wednesday. The Navy chief, Admiral Radhakrishnan Hari Kumar, presided over the event, marking a significant milestone for the maritime force’s capabilities, as India Sentinels had reported earlier.

They have been inducted into the newly formed Indian Navy Air Squadron (INAS) 334.

The ceremony saw Captain M Abhisheik Ram formally take command of INAS 334, officially inducting these versatile helicopters into the squadron. Adm Hari Kumar received a guard of honour upon arrival, followed by traditional readings and the unveiling of the commissioning plaque. A flypast by the Seahawks and a water-cannon salute further marked the occasion.

During his address, Adm Hari Kumar highlighted the MH-60R’s capabilities as a powerful multirole helicopter, expected to significantly strengthen India’s maritime security and national interests. He emphasized the Navy’s commitment to protecting national maritime interests and expressed confidence that the MH-60R's advanced sensors and multi-mission capabilities would significantly enhance both maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare efforts.

The Navy chief commended the officers and crew of the “Seahawks” for their swift integration with the fleet and urged them to continue striving for excellence in keeping India's waters safe and secure.


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