Indian Navy's MiG-29Ks parked at INS Hansa
|IATA: none – ICAO: VOGO|
|Airport type||Naval Air Station|
|Location||Dabolim, Goa, India|
|Elevation AMSL||184 ft / 56 m|
INS Hansa was commissioned on 5 September 1961 at Sulur near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It was initially co-located with the Sulur Air Force Station of the Indian Air Force. It was then home to INAS 551 squadron, operating de Havilland Vampire aircraft, as well as training establishments for Hawker Sea Hawk and Breguet Alizé aircraft.
That at the Indian Navy took suo moto possession of the premises and the narrow airfield of Dabolim Airport on 19.12.1961, when Indian Military was engaged in ousting the Portuguese Rulers from territory of Goa. The said Airport was a civilian property owned and managed by a corporation and the Indian Navy failed to release the same. That none transferred the land and premises of Dabolim airfield to the Indian Navy. The civil suit No.151/2004 filed by them in the name of Ministry of Defence as to declare the title to lands and premises, said to be held by them at Dabolim Airport and in the locality of Mangor, Vasco da Gama, after annexation of Goa to Union of India in the year 1961/62 stands dismissed with costs on 22.11.2004, for failure to prove any legal transfer of land and immovable properties thereof. No appeal stands filed in this regard. 'INS Hansa was then moved from Sulur to Dabolim on 18 June 1964. The runway at the time was less than 7,800 feet (2,400 m) in length.
Over 2000 naval personnel and 1000 civilians are employed at INS Hansa. It is home to 8 Indian Naval Air Squadrons (INAS).
Among the units based here are:
- INAS 300, "White Tigers", operating BAe Sea Harrier fighter aircraft
- INAS 303, "Black Panthers" operating Mikoyan MiG-29K fighters
- INAS 310, "Cobras", operating Dornier Do 228 aircraft in electronic warfare roles
- INAS 315, "Winged Stallions", operating the Il-38 anti-submarine warfare aircraft
- INAS 321, "Angels", operating HAL Chetak helicopters for search and rescue
- INAS 339, "Falcons", operating Kamov Ka-31 AEW helicopters
- INAS 551, "Phantoms", operating HAL HJT-16 Kiran jet trainers
- INAS 552, "Braves", operating Harrier T-60 trainers
- Airport information for VAGO at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- "Naval Air Stations". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- "INS Hansa Air Squadrons". Indian Navy. Retrieved 18 May 2013.