Indian Navy stands up INAS 334 as first MH-60R squadron

The Indian Navy (IN) marked a pivotal moment in its modernisation journey on March 6, when the service formally commissioned its first MH-60R Seahawk multi-role maritime helicopters into operational service with Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 334 at Indian Naval Station (INS) Garuda in Kochi.

Soon to become a common sight aboard vessels across the IN’s surface fleet, the introduction of the Seahawk into active Indian military service further cements the Navy’s dedication towards fortifying India’s maritime security capabilities. Initially established at INS Garuda in May 1953, INAS 334 now holds the mantle of being the IN’s first operational MH-60R squadron and will likely be responsible for training Seahawk air/ground crews, given that the unit remains at Garuda, which is also home to the IN’s Naval Air Operations School and a host of other training facilities.

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