Bird's eye view of INS Baaz
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Airport type||Naval Air Station|
|Location||Campbell Bay, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India|
INS Baaz is an Indian naval air station under the joint-services Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) of the Indian Armed Forces. It is located near Campbell Bay, on Great Nicobar island in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is the southernmost air station of the Indian Armed Forces. It overlooks the Strait of Malacca as well as the Six Degree channel between Great Nicobar and the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
INS Baaz was commissioned by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma on July 31, 2012. It is the first air station in the Nicobar Islands, situated on the Great Nicobar island in the remotest and southernmost part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and lies very close to the Six Degree channel, a vital choke point. The commissioning of the air station will facilitate positioning of maritime reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters of ANC and also facilitate the Civil Administration to operate regular intra-island sorties. The Naval air station will provide requisite logistic, communication and administrative support for various aircraft undertaking surveillance, patrolling missions and maritime air operations. The strategically located INS Baaz will enable India to extend its reach in the eastern Indian Ocean region.
Commander SK Singh Deo is the first commanding officer of INS Baaz. INS Baaz will initially be used as a base for the Indian Navy's Dornier Do 228 reconnaissance aircraft. It can also operate the Indian Air Force's C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft. Its runway measures 3,500 feet (1,100 m) and will be progressively lengthened to enable all heavy aircraft to operate from the base.
There are plans to extend the runway to 6,000 feet by 2016 and then to 10,000 feet. The Indian Navy has been flying new Boeing P8i Poseidon surveillance aircraft with anti-submarine capabilities from India to Port Blair but once the runway is at 6,000 feet they would also rotate through Campbell Bay from time to time.
- "Naval air station opened in Campbell Bay". The Hindu. 2012-07-31.
- "INS Baaz to keep hawk eye on threats in Indian Ocean Region". The Times of India. 2012-08-01.
- "INS ‘Baaz’ – Commissioned by Admiral Nirmal Verma as First Naval Air Station in Nicobar Group of Islands". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2012-07-31.
- "Insight - From remote outpost, India looks to check China's Indian Ocean thrust". Reuters India. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
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