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Indian Navy decommissions fighter planes 'Sea Harriers' 45 new generation Mig 29 K fighters inducted

New Delhi ,

Indian Navy has decommissioned its fleet of iconic Sea Harriers. The Naval Air Squadron 300 - I N A S 300, popularly known as 'white tigers', today de-inducted these fighter aircrafts and replaced them with new generation Mig 29 K fighters in a touching ceremony on INS Hansa near Vasco. Wing Commander Shikhu Raj, a Sea Harrier Pilot himself and the commander of the squadron handed over the command of the squadron to Captain KHV Singh in an historic ceremony and bid adieu to the Sea Harriers. The function was presided over by the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan.   Called the glorious heritage of Indian Navy, Sea Harriers were inducted in 1983 and played a pivotal role in various operations. Designed and manufactured by British Aerospace, Sea Harrier is a naval Short-Vertical Take-Off and Landing Jet Fighter, used for both reconnaissance and strike.   The use of the ski jump take offs from a short flight deck with a heavier load was a specialty of these 33 year serving fighter jets. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan informed that the newly inducted Mig 29ks will be operational from INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier and have already acquired long duration training. Presently 45 MIG 29k are being introduced.   Interacting with the media after the function Admiral Dhowan said the Indian naval aviation is on the threshold of transformation. Presently Navy has more than 200 aircrafts and helicopters combat ready. Replying to a question he also said that aircraft Carrier Virat is to be de-commissioned and the navy is working out the modalities with the Ministry.