Navy's P-81 maritime patrol aircraft commence operations from INS Hansa
New Delhi, January 5, 2022
The Indian Navy's long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare Boeing P-8I aircraft commenced operations from INS Hansa, Goa with two aircraft arriving on December 30, 2021.
The aircraft were inducted after fitment of indigenous equipment and Flight Acceptance Trials, a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
On arrival, the aircraft were welcomed by a MiG 29K formation, the release said.
The Indian Navy had acquired the first batch of eight P-8I aircraft in 2013 that are stationed at INS Rajali, Arakkonam.
The second batch of four additional aircraft will be based at Indian Naval Air Squadron 316, to be commissioned at INS Hansa, the release added.