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Indian Navy de-inducts TU-142M long range patrol aircraft

  • TU-142M, de-induction, INS Rajali, Sunil Lanba, Navy Chief Admiral, long range maritime patrol aircraft, Arakkonam
    Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at the de-induction of India's long range maritime patrol aircraft, TU-142 M

    After dominating the skies above the seas for 29 years, the Indian Navy’s TU-142M aircraft were given a ceremonial farewell

  • TU-142M, de-induction, INS Rajali, Sunil Lanba, Navy Chief Admiral, long range maritime patrol aircraft, Arakkonam
    Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba interacting with officials of the INS Rajali

    the aircraft participated in all major exercises and operations including Operation Cactus in the Maldives, Op Vijay in 1998, Op Parakram in 2002 and anti-piracy operations from 2011 till date.

  • TU-142M, de-induction, INS Rajali, Sunil Lanba, Navy Chief Admiral, long range maritime patrol aircraft, Arakkonam
    Family members of Navy personnel pose for a photograph in front of India's long range maritime patrol aircraft, TU-142M

    The ceremony was attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral HCS? Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, and serving and retired officers and men, who have served in the INAS 312 (the squadron of TU-142M),” the Indian Navy said in a statement.

  • TU-142M, de-induction, INS Rajali, Sunil Lanba, Navy Chief Admiral, long range maritime patrol aircraft, Arakkonam
    Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Postmaster General ( Chennai City Region) Radhika Chakravarthy release the postage cover on 'Silver ...

    Admiral Sunil Lanba recollected “the crucial role played by the squadron in Operation Cactus in the Maldives, where fleeing mercenaries were detected and tracked till they were apprehended by Indian warships.”

  • TU-142M, de-induction, INS Rajali, Sunil Lanba, Navy Chief Admiral, long range maritime patrol aircraft, Arakkonam
    Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba addresses the media during the de-induction

    He also mentioned the maiden participation by TU aircraft as the first Indian Naval aircraft in the Republic Day flypast of 1999.

  • TU-142M, de-induction, INS Rajali, Sunil Lanba, Navy Chief Admiral, long range maritime patrol aircraft, Arakkonam
    Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at the de-induction of India's long range maritime patrol aircraft

    In the farewell flight, the TU-142M were accompanied by three Chetak helicopters, two Dorniers, one IL-38 and one Boeing P-8I.

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