INS Kohassa- Indian Naval Air Station Under the Joint-Services Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) (Download PDF)

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Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur was commissioned as INS Kohassa by Admiral, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff, on 24 Jan 19. INS Kohassa has been named after a White-Bellied Sea Eagle, which is a large bird of prey, endemic to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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  • INS Kohassa has been named after a White-Bellied Sea Eagle, which is a large bird of prey, endemic to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

  • The grand ceremony was attended by many dignitaries and senior officials including, AVSM, ADC Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command.

Importance of NAS Shibpur

  • NAS Shibpur was established in 2001 as a Forward Operating Air Base (FOAB) for enhanced surveillance in North Andaman. The naval air station is new.

  • The close proximity of Coco Islands (Myanmar) and wide expanse of Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) makes the base a very vital asset.

  • The airfield provides sustained detached operations of Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft.

  • The Air Station presently operates Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft and helicopters.

  • These aircraft undertake EEZ Surveillance, Anti-Poaching Missions, Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions within the ANC Area of Responsibility.

  • As a point of interest, during the search operations of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Dornier DO 228s of the Navy and Coast Guard operated from this very base.

  • NAS Shibpur was identified by NITI Aayog as one of the ‘Early Bird’ project as part of holistic island development. Toward this end it was desired to facilitate civil flight operations from NAS Shibpur.

  • The runway extension to 10,000 ft is also planned in the near future to facilitate operations of wide-bodied aircraft.

What is Naval Air Station?

  • A naval air station is a military air base, and consists of a permanent land-based operations location for the military aviation division of the relevant branch of a navy (Naval aviation). These bases are typically populated by squadrons, groups or wings, their various support commands, and other tenant commands.

  • The term “Naval Air Station” is used by many countries’ navies, such as the United States Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the British Royal Navy, and the Indian Navy.

  • In the case of the U. S. Navy, similar facilities in the U. S. Marine Corps are known as Marine Corps Air Stations and facilities in the U. S. Coast Guard are known as Coast Guard Air Stations.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 25, 2019

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