Indian Navy's MiG-29Ks parked at INS Hansa
|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.
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 Mikoyan MiG-29K fighters
- INAS 303, "Black Panthers" operating Mikoyan MiG-29K fighters
- 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