Thursday, March 30, 2017

After 29 years of service, Navy bids adieu to TU-142M

After dominating the skies above the seas for 29 years, the Indian Navy's TU-142M aircraft were given a ceremonial farewell on Wednesday at the INS Rajali, India's premiere Naval Air Station in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu.

"The ceremony was attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, and serving and retired officers and men, who have served in the INAS 312 (the squadron of TU-142M)," the Indian Navy said in a statement.

Lauding the stellar role played by the TU-142M aircraft as a Maritime Reconnaissance and Airborne Anti Submarine Warfare aircraft, Admiral Sunil Lanba recollected "the crucial role played by the squadron in Operation Cactus in the Maldives, where fleeing mercenaries were detected and tracked till they were apprehended by Indian warships."

He also mentioned the maiden participation by TU aircraft as the first Indian Naval aircraft in the Republic Day flypast of 1999.
29/03/17 Business Standard

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