Ram Nath Kovind to award President’s Colour to INS Hansa

President Ram Nath Kovind will award the president’s Colour to Indian Naval Aviation at a ceremonial parade to be held atINS Hansa,Goa, on September 6. The President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed on a military unit in recognition of its exceptional service to the nation.
Naval Aviation came into being in the acquisition of the first Sealand aircraft on January 13,1951. Over the past 7 decades,it had transformed into a modern, technologically advanced and highly potent force, with more than 250 aircraft comprising carrier borne fighters, maritime reconnaissance aircraft, helicopters and remotely piloted aircraft, the Navy said.
The arrival of the armed firefly aircraft in 1958 added an offensive punch and 1959 saw the commissioning of the Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, with 10 sealand, 10 firefly and three HT-2 aircraft.

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