Sea Harrier

SEA HARRIERS : These are turbo-jet aircraft. India has operated Sea Harriers from both the aircraft carriers INS Vikrant and INS Viraat. They were inducted in the Indian Navy on 16 Dec 1893. These aircraft belong to the squadron INAS 300. They were extensively used as fighter jets. The introduction of the Sea Harrier allowed the retirement of India's previous carrier fighter aircraft, the Sea Hawk, as well as for the Navy's aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. On 11 May 2016, a ceremony was held at INS Hansa, Dabolim, Goa to commemorate the phasing out of Sea Harriers from INAS 300 (White Tigers). Sea Harriers and MiG 29Ks performed an air display at the ceremony, marking the final flight of the Sea Harriers in the Indian Navy. INAS 300 subsequently inducted MiG 29K/Kub fighters to replace the retired Sea Harrier fleet.