Navy commissions INS Jatayu, MH-60R helicopter squadron


The Indian Navy commissioned INS Jatayu at Minicoy island and the first MH-60R multi-role helicopter squadron INAS 334 ‘Seahawks’ at Kochi.


GS-03 (Security)

Key highlights:

  • Enhancing Maritime Security:
    • The commissioning of INS Jatayu at Minicoy island marks a significant milestone in India’s maritime security strategy.
    • Situated close to the Nine Degree channel, this strategic location allows the Indian Navy to bolster its surveillance and security posture in the region.
    • With increased maritime domain awareness (MDA), the Navy aims to monitor maritime traffic effectively, identify potential threats, and safeguard critical sea lanes of communication.
    • This initiative not only strengthens the Navy’s presence in the region but also contributes to the overall development of the islands, fostering socio-economic growth and security.
  • Boosting Rotary Fleet Capabilities:
    • The commissioning of the MH-60R multi-role helicopter squadron, INAS 334 ‘Seahawks’, signifies a major capability boost for the Indian Navy’s rotary fleet.
    • Equipped with advanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities, these helicopters enhance the Navy’s operational readiness and effectiveness in countering maritime threats.
    • The squadron’s commissioning ceremony showcased the Navy’s commitment to modernizing its fleet and enhancing its maritime capabilities.
  • Strategic Significance:
    • The commissioning of INS Jatayu and the MH-60R squadron highlights India’s strategic focus on strengthening maritime security and surveillance in the Indian Ocean region.
    • By expanding its operational reach and sustainment capabilities, the Navy reinforces its role as a key maritime power in the Indo-Pacific region.
    • These initiatives are vital for safeguarding national interests, promoting regional stability, and ensuring freedom of navigation in critical maritime routes.

MH-60R Seahawk:

  • About: Acquired in February 2020 through a foreign military sales contract with the US government, the MH-60R Seahawk is a specialized maritime version of the Black Hawk helicopter.
  • Versatile Operational Capabilities: The MH-60R Seahawk is equipped with a diverse range of operational capabilities, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue missions, and medical evacuation operations.
  • Tailored for Maritime Security: Fitted with advanced weapons, sensors, and avionics customized to meet India’s maritime security needs, these helicopters offer unmatched firepower and operational effectiveness.
  • Advanced Weaponry: Armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, MK 54 torpedoes, and state-of-the-art precision weaponry, the MH-60R Seahawk is prepared to confront any challenges encountered on the high seas.

Äbout INS Jatayu:

  • INS Jatayu, the second naval base in Lakshadweep following INS Dweeprakshak in Kavaratti, enhances the Indian Navy’s presence in the region.
  • Its commissioning signifies a step forward in bolstering operational surveillance and support capabilities.
  • This development heralds a new phase of capacity enhancement and holistic development for the island territories.
  • The inauguration of INS Jatayu underscores the Navy’s commitment to reinforcing security infrastructure in the strategically vital Lakshadweep Islands.