Indian Naval Air Squadron 324 was commissioned into the Indian Navy within the presence of Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Japanese Naval Command at a powerful Commissioning Ceremony held at INS Dega, Visakhapatnam on 04 Jul 22. The unit is the primary Naval Squadron on the Japanese Seaboard working the indigenously designed and constructed Superior Mild Helicopter (ALH) MK III (MR) helicopters. INAS 324 has been named “KESTRELS” that are birds of prey and have good sensory capabilities symbolising the envisaged position of the Plane and the Air Squadron.

The Insignia of the Squadron depicts a ‘KESTREL’ looking out over huge blue and white sea waves, which signifies the integral Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) position of the Squadron. Addressing the gathering. Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta said that the commissioning of the primary ALH MK III Squadron within the Japanese Naval Command will improve the surveillance functionality on the Japanese Seaboard. INAS 324 is commanded by Cdr SS Sprint, an achieved and extremely skilled ALH Certified Flying Teacher with intensive operational expertise.


Indian Navy Naval Squadron Superior Mild Helicopter (ALH) MK III

ALH MK III helicopters are fitted with state-of-the-art gear which incorporates trendy surveillance radar and electro-optical sensors. Induction of those flying machines is, in pursuance of the GOI initiative of Atma Nirbhar Bharat, as they’ve been developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL). Along with their primarily roles of MR and SAR, these helicopters may also be deployed for Humanitarian Help and Catastrophe Aid(HADR) Operations in addition to Particular Operations with Marine Commandos. The helicopter additionally has an airborne Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) to be used within the Air Ambulance position.

The HAL Dhruv is a utility helicopter designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL). The event of HAL Dhruv was introduced in November 1984. The identify comes from a Sanskrit origin phrase dhruv which suggests unshakeable or agency. The Superior Mild Helicopter (ALH) program for an indigenous 5-ton multirole helicopter was initiated in Could 1979 by the Indian Air Drive and Indian Naval Air Arm. The ALH Mk-III with new Shakti-1H engines, new digital warfare (EW) suite and warning techniques, automated chaff and flare dispensers, and improved vibration management system has superb excessive altitude efficiency working at altitudes over 6 km.