Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Naval Air Station Shibpur in Andamans commissioned as INS Kohassa

NetIndian News Network

Port Blair, January 25, 2019

Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur in the Andaman & Nicobar islands was commissioned as INS Kohassa by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, and Chief of the Naval Staff on Thursday.
The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries and senior officials including Vice-Admiral Bimal Verma, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command. 
The ceremony included the presentation of ceremonial guard, hoisting of the Commissioning Pennant and reading of the Ship’s Warrant by the Commanding Officer, Commander Kuldeep Tripathi. 
INS Kohassa has been named after the White-Bellied Sea Eagle, a large bird of prey, endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
NAS Shibpur was established in 2001 as a Forward Operating Air Base (FOAB) for enhanced surveillance in North Andaman. 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 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. 
During the search operations for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Dornier DO 228s of the Navy and Coast Guard operated from this base.
NAS Shibpur was identified by NITI Aayog as one of the ‘Early Bird’ projects as part of holistic island development. In order to meet these objectives, the Indian Navy has been ready in all respects to facilitate civil flight operations from NAS Shibpur. The runway extension to 10,000 feet is also planned in the near future to facilitate operations of wide-bodied aircraft.

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