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First in-country pilot training for multi-role MH-60R Seahawk helicopters completed by Indian Navy

First in-country pilot training for multi-role MH-60R Seahawk helicopters completed by Indian Navy

The Indian Navy has successfully completed the first in-country pilot training for the multi-role MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, marking a critical milestone for self-reliance in maritime defence. For the trainees at INS Garuda in Kochi, the graduation ceremony was a proud occasion and a first step towards obtaining “AtmaNirbharta” (self-reliance) on this cutting-edge platform.

The successful trainees received graduation parchments from Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Air Materiel), Rear Admiral Anshuman Chauhan, who praised their determination and talent. The ceremony additionally recognised the successful completion of technical personnel competency training and conversion training for Air Operations officers, two of whom were pioneering women officers.

The MH-60R Seahawk is a multipurpose helicopter that is well-known for its ability in search and rescue, special operations, and anti-submarine warfare. Pilot training for these helicopters was previously undertaken in the United States. However, the Indian Navy’s operational autonomy and technical proficiency have advanced significantly with the establishment of in-country training capability.

Beyond its cost-effectiveness, in-country training has many advantages. It enables customised training curricula suited to the requirements and operational environment of the Indian Navy. Furthermore, it promotes self-sufficiency and lowers reliance on foreign knowledge, strengthening India’s status as a maritime power.

This accomplishment also demonstrates the growing contribution of women to the Indian Navy. The Navy’s dedication to gender equality and acknowledgement of the significant contributions women can make in this important field is demonstrated by the inclusion of two female officers in the pilot training programme.

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