INS Parundu

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INS Parundu
आईएनएस परुंडू
INS Parundu runway.jpg
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Naval Air Station
Operator Indian Navy
Location Ramanathapuram district, India
Coordinates 9°19′26″N 78°58′22″E / 9.323786°N 78.972819°E / 9.323786; 78.972819Coordinates: 9°19′26″N 78°58′22″E / 9.323786°N 78.972819°E / 9.323786; 78.972819
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
920 3,017 Asphalt

INS Parundu is an Indian naval air station located near Uchipuli in the Ramanathapuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu.[1] It operates under the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.[2][3]

History[edit]

The airfield in Ramanathapuram district was previously the abandoned Ramnad Civil Aerodrome. Naval aviation first utilized the facilities in 1982, to monitor the Palk Strait in the wake of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

The facilities were fully transferred to the Navy on 9 June 1985, and the naval air station was initially commissioned INS Rajali II.

On 26 March 2009, the base was renamed and commissioned as INS Parundu, for the Tamil word for an eagle. The facilities have since been upgraded to operate larger aircraft. It is primarily used by the navy as a reconnaissance station to monitor the South East Bay of Bengal, the northern Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait.

Units[edit]

The primary units based at INS Parundu are Naval Air Squadrons (INAS) that operate HAL Chetak helicopters, Islander and Dornier Do 228 reconnaissance aircraft.

Besides upgrading the runway, the Navy has installed dedicated facilities to operate UAVs from the air station.[1][4] INAS 344, operating IAI Heron and IAI Searcher Mk. II UAVs is based at INS Parundu.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Naval Air Stations". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Eastern Naval Command Authorities & Units". Indian Navy. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "ENC Authorities & Units - INS Parundu". Indian Navy. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Indian Navy to Operate UAVs from INS Parundu". MarineBuzz.com. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Navy all set to commission UAV squadron at Uchipuli". The Times of India. 2012-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Indian Navy commissions its third UAV squadron". The Times of India. 2012-04-11.