Indian Navy (IN) chief Admiral Karambir Singh visited INS Baaz, the Naval Air Station located at Campbell Bay on Great Nicobar Island on Friday. The purpose of the visit was to express solidarity with personnel on the occasion of Diwali.
The chief of naval staff was received by Lieutenant General Manoj Pande, Commander-in-Chief Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN). Admiral Karambir Singh was briefed on the operational preparedness and infrastructure aspects of the Command.
The geo-strategically located air station, INS Baaz, overlooks critical international sea lanes passing through the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). INS Baaz also supports operations of a multitude of military aircraft, which enable surveillance over the Southern Bay of Bengal, South Andaman Sea, Malacca Straits and the Southern Indian Ocean.
During his interaction with personnel at INS Baaz, Navy chief Admiral Karambir singh acknowledged their contribution in keeping the strategically important base operational at all times. Personnel from the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Coast Guard, DSC and GREF, as well as Defence civilians were present during this occasion.
INS Baaz also provides aid to civil authorities, including casualty evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief apart from search and rescue. The air station also serves as a supporting base for operational turn-around facilities of ships deployed in the Nicobar Group of Islands.