Indian Navy is set to commission the first squadron of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters at INS Garuda in Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala.

INS Garuda

  • It is a naval air station located at Willingdon Island (largest artificial island in India) Kochi, Kerala.
  • It is the oldest operating air station of the Indian Navy commissioned in 1953.

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• The Seahawks squadron will be commissioned in the Indian Navy as INAS 334 at Southern Naval Command.

• These platforms are part of a $2.6 billion Foreign Military Sales deal with United States for 24 Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare helicopters. 

  • Six of them have been delivered to the Indian Navy so far.

• Delivery of the entire fleet expected to be completed by 2025.

MH-60R Seahawk helicopter

  • It is an all-weather helicopter designed to support multiple missions with state-of-the-art avionics and sensors.
  • The helicopter is designed for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), search and rescue (SAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and vertical replenishment (VERTREP).
  • The MH-60R helicopter is designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.
  • It a maritime variant of the Blackhawk helicopter.
  • These helicopters are manufactured by Sikorsky, a subsidiary of aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. 


  • This helicopter is crewed by four personnel during anti-submarine warfare operations and by five personnel during anti-surface warfare missions. 
  • It is equipped with advanced airborne active sonar, a multi-mode search radar, and a nose-mounted forward-looking infrared (FLIR) turret.
  • This helicopter also boasts an integrated self-defense system.

Indian Navy

• The Indian Navy operates following three commands:

  • The Western Naval Command at Mumbai
  • The Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.
  • The Southern Naval Command at Kochi.


  • It would enhance India’s blue-water capabilities, extending the operational reach of the Navy in Indian Ocean.
  • It strengthens India’s position against the China’s increasingly aggressive forays into the Indian Ocean Region.  

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