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Naval Air Station Shibpur to be commissioned as INS Kohassa on January 24

INS Kohassa will become the third Naval Air Base in the Andaman and Nicobar islands after INS Utkrosh

Press Trust of India  |  Port Blair 

Admiral Sunil Lanba. Photo: PTI
Admiral Sunil Lanba. Photo: PTI

The enhance the operational capability of (ANC), Naval Air Station (NAS) Shibpur will be commissioned as INS c, a release said Friday.

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff will commission which was established in 2010 as on January 24, the release issued by the Headquarters ANC said.

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

The was set up as a (FOAB) for surveillance in North Andaman. Located in the northern most part of the islands, the airfield holds strategic importance not only for the security of the islands but also for its overall development.

With the addition of this airfield, the ANC's ability to operate independently from all the regions of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will get a great boost, the release said.

will become the third in the Andaman and Nicobar islands after INS Utkrosh at Port Blair and INS Baaz at Campbell Bay.

Post commissioning, the station will function as a base for joint operation of both military and civil aircraft in keeping with the of the government.

As part of Phase II expansion plan, the runway length would subsequently be extended to 3000 metre. This will enable the operation of wide-bodied civil and aircraft in the future, the release added.

First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 11:05 IST