The ‘Bears’ of INAS 312 ‘Albatross’ have been phased out, now that the Boeing P-8I will be the mainstay of the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime patrol capability.

UCKED AWAY NEAR the sleepy hamlet of Arakkonam in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is a unique military facility. At first impression, INS Rajali (also referred to as NAS Arakkonam, or simply by its threeletter code, ‘ARK’) is a verdant paradise, overwhelmingly lush and tranquil.

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