Indian Navy Commissions First Naval Air Squadron in Visakhapatnam

Indian Navy Commissions First Naval Air Squadron in Visakhapatnam
Indian Navy Commissions First Naval Air Squadron in Visakhapatnam

Indian Naval Air Squadron 324 (INAS 324) was commissioned into the Indian Navy at eastern Naval Command with a commissioning ceremony held at INS Dega, Visakhapatnam, on 04 July 2022.


INAS 324 is the first Naval Squadron operating the indigenously designed and built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III (MR) helicopters. The helicopter is indigenously designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

Indian Navy Commissions First Naval Air Squadron in Visakhapatnam

ALH MK III helicopters are fitted with surveillance radar and electro-optical sensors. In addition to their primary roles of MR and SAR, these helicopters can also be deployed for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief(HADR) Operations and Special Operations with Marine Commandos. The aircraft also has an airborne Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) for use in the Air Ambulance role to facilitate the medical evacuation of critically ill patients. The aircraft might carry a heavy machine gun to perform offensive missions. This development came when India and China had a military confrontation in Ladakh.

Indian Navy Commissions First Naval Air Squadron in Visakhapatnam