Mumbai: A Naval Air Enclave (NAE) which will help the Navy to enhance surveillance of Western Coast on Wednesday inaugurated at Santacruz of Mumbai. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC Flag Officer  Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command inaugurated the NAE.
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This is a significant development from the point of view of Naval Operations, since, it now provides the Indian Navy the capability to stage through all types of fixed wing aircraft held in the Naval Inventory including the highly potent and versatile Boeing P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance (LRMR) aircraft. This gives a major boost to the surveillance and offensive measures on the Western Seaboard. P8I LRMR aircraft are presently operating from their base at Arakkonam, near Chennai.
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With the operationalisation of the NAE at Santacruz, the Indian Navy can operate the P8I’s from this enclave thereby enabling them to operate for longer durations in the Arabian Sea resulting in vast area coverage.

The new Indian Navy Air Enclave has a big hangar and a large dispersal, on land owned by the Navy, adjacent to the Runway and the taxi track. All relevant clearances and approval have been obtained.

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In his address the Commander-in-Chief complimented the efforts of all those involved in creating this facility. He also thanked personnel from MIAL, CISF, Air India and AAI Mumbai for their support and co-operation in operationalising this facility and solicited the same in the future.