At the naval helicopter station INS Shikra in Mumbai, the Indian Navy enrolled two Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) MK III into its 321 Flight on Friday.
According to the Indian Navy, the 321 Flight currently consists of Chetak helicopters, which will be gradually replaced with the more capable and versatile ALH MK III aircraft, which are equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance, communication, safety, and survival equipment and will serve as a force multiplier at sea and ashore.
The Chief Guest during the induction event, which included a customary water cannon salute to the aircraft, was Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
The Commander-in-Chief complimented the crew of the ALH MK III and emphasized the value of rotary-wing aircraft in coastal security, SAR/HADR missions, and a variety of other operational deployments.
The newly-inducted ALH MK III helicopters, he noted, will bring substantial muscle and adaptability to the Indian Navy’s operations capabilities in Mumbai.