Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 313, the fifth Dornier aircraft squadron was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Admiral Karambir Singh.
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The Squadron will be operating from Chennai International Airport.
With commissioning of INAS 313, Tamil Nadu will have three naval air bases; which is the highest number for any coastal state. INS Rajali at Arakkonam and INS Parundu at Ramnad are the other two air bases in Tamil Nadu.
INS 313 derives its name ‘Sea Eagle’ from the bird of prey family Accipitridae.
The Squadron will operate Dornier aircraft which is a multi-role Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance (SRMR) aircraft manufactures by HAL, under license from RUAG Aerospace.
The Aircraft is used for maritime surveillance, Search and Rescue Operations and to provide targetting data to weapon plarforms.