INS Baaz com­mis­sioned

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The Naval Air Sta­tion at Camp­bell Bay on Great Ni­co­bar Is­land was com­mis­sioned as In­dian Naval Ship ‘Baaz’ by Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma, Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee and the Chief of the Naval Staff. INS Baaz is sit­u­ated at about 300 nm from Port Blair and is the south­ern­most air sta­tion of the In­dian armed forces. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma said that “the archipelago, sep­a­rated as it is by more than 650 nm from our main­land, of­fers a vi­tal geo-strate­gic ad­van­tage to In­dia. Not only do they pro­vide the na­tion with a com­mand­ing pres­ence in the Bay of Ben­gal, the Is­lands also serve as our win­dow into East and South East Asia”. He added that “they also sit astride some of the busiest ship­ping lanes of the In­dian Ocean, most car­ry­ing strate­gic cargo for East Asian economies”.

Bring­ing out that the Navy has been pro­gres­sively in­creas­ing the num­ber of war­ships based in the An­daman and Ni­co­bar Com­mand, Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma said that Port Blair will be home to am­phibi­ous plat­forms, naval off­shore pa­trol ves­sels and fast at­tack craft as the Navy’s ro­bust ac­qui­si­tion plans progress.

INS Baaz is cur­rently equipped to op­er­ate light to heavy air­craft ca­pa­ble of short field op­er­a­tions from the run­way of about 3,500 feet. The run­way will be pro­gres­sively length­ened to en­able un­re­stricted op­er­a­tion of all cat­e­gory of air­craft in­clud­ing heavy air­craft. The base will also be bol­stered with mod­ern air­field in­stru­ments and nav­i­ga­tion aids.

The com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by Lt Gen­eral Naresh Mar­wah, Com­man­der-in-Chief An­daman and Ni­co­bar Com­mand, Vice Ad­mi­ral Shekhar Sinha, Chief of In­te­grated De­fense Staff to Chair­man Chief of Staff Com­mit­tee, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Com­man­der S.K. Singh Deo and many other se­nior naval of­fi­cers.

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