Indian Navy’s solely Helicopter Training School INAS 561 completes 50 years

Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 561 also referred to as Helicopter Training School(HTS), celebrated its Golden Jubilee at INS Rajali, Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.  Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynumootil, Flag Officer Naval Aviation was the Chief Guest for the occasion which additionally witnessed participation from many serving and retired alumni of the HTS. INAS 561 is the primary and solely helicopter coaching squadron of the Navy and therefore the alma mater of all Navy chopper pilots. 

Until 1971, the Indian Navy’s air arm was restricted primarily to Carrier borne aviation – mainly, catapult-launched plane and the Search and rescue (SAR) flight. A necessity was felt for a very Naval oriented strategy to helicopter flying, which concerned carrier-borne operations, survey operations and SAR operations at Sea. This, lastly, took form with the commissioning of the Naval Helicopter Training School as INAS 561 on fifteenth September 1971 at INS Garuda, Cochin. 

The squadron was later rebased to its current location at INS Rajali, Arakkonam in June 1992. The 12 months 2021 marks the Golden Jubilee of the squadron, and in addition 60 years of induction of Chetak helicopters into the Naval Air wing.

A Motorcycle Expedition from INS Garuda, Kochi to INS Rajali, Arakkonam, Commemorative Postal Stamp Release, the inauguration of Chetak helicopter Static Display, flypast by varied helicopters of the Indian Navy have been undertaken at INS Rajali, to mark the celebrations. 

A Digital publication and a Motivational video depicting the actions and operations performed by the squadron have been launched by the Admiral, in the course of the ceremony right here. These are supposed to function a memoir depicting the evolution of the squadron and as an ode to the efforts of all males who have been a part of this illustrious journey. Apart from imparting helpful coaching to budding helicopter pilots, the HTS has additionally carried out quite a few life-saving missions.

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