Indian Navy commissions New LRMR Air Squadron INAS 316

INAS 316, the Indian Navy’s second long-range maritime reconnaissance (LRMR) aviation squadron, has been commissioned. The commissioning took conducted at INS Hansa in Goa in the presence of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral R Hari Kumar.

The INAS 316 will fly the second batch of four P-8I maritime patrol planes. The four P-8I aircraft would be stationed in the Indian Ocean to identify, dissuade, and destroy threats (IOR). The Indian Navy has dubbed INAS 316 “The Condors,” after the world’s biggest flying land bird.

“Will operate the second batch of four P8I aircraft, adding teeth to the Indian Navy’s armour, to deter, detect, and destroy any danger to the nation in the IOR,” an Indian Navy spokeswoman tweeted.

“Operating at INSHansa since December 30, 2021, the squadron has been particularly commissioned to house the four new P-8I aircraft and to ‘Deter, Detect, and Destroy’ any danger in IOR.” The squadron, led by Cdr Amit Mohapatra, is equipped with full-spectrum surface and subsurface naval weapons.

“The commissioning of INAS316 represents another crucial step toward increasing our fighting capacity,” remarked CNS Hari Kumar. The Squadron’s operational capabilities will greatly improve our capacity to safeguard, maintain, and promote India’s maritime interests in today’s dynamic and complex security environment.”

On February 19, this year, Boeing delivered the 12th and last of four additional P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy.

The P-8I is a multi-mission aircraft that can perform a variety of missions such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

The Tupolev Tu-142 aircraft were replaced by the P-8I aircraft in the Indian Navy’s ageing fleet.