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AP CM welcomes decommissioned naval aircraft

Ch.R.S Sarma Visakhapatnam | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 08, 2017

The Indian Navy's Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft TU 142M that landed for the last time in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. The anti-submarine plane has been decommissioned and will be handed over to Andhra Pradesh to be converted into a museum on the beach, close to the submarine museum Kursura. - K.R. Deepak   -  s

Chetak helicopters perform a flypast for the Indian Navy's Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft TU 142M that touched down in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. The anti-submarine plane, which has been decommissioned, will be handed over to Andhra Pradesh to be converted into a museum on the beach, close to the submarine museum Kursura. - K.R. Deepak   -  s

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday welcomed the naval aircraft - TU-142 M long-range maritime patrol aircraft - which landed at INS Dega (the naval base in Vizag) for the last time. The aircraft, decommissioned recently, would be handed over to the AP government later and converted into a museum on the beach road here.

Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapati Raju and Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, participated in the ceremony.

The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) would co-ordinate all activities relating to the proposed aircraft museum on behalf of the state government. The aircraft is likely to be dismantled and transported by road on trailers and re-assembled on the beach road near Kursura sumarine museum.

The Chief Minister said it would be an added tourist attraction in the port city.

Earlier, the Chief Minister interacted with the family members of the five naval personnel from the state who lost their lives when the Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft went missing last July. He consoled the family members and handed them cheques of Rs 5 lakh apiece as ex gratia.



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Published on April 08, 2017
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