Indian Navy on 12 November 2013 commissioned the first Advanced Light Weight Helicopters Squadron at Southern Command, Kochi, Kerala.
This squadron of Advanced Light Weight Helicopters will help Indian Navy for search and rescue operations during night hours in a more effective manner. The Navy has transformed Dhruv helicopters into an advance search and rescue helicopter according to the requirements.
The newly commissioned Squadron named Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 322 is an exclusive group of Dhruv Helicopters, which was designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Bangalore.
The Dhruv helicopters are being operational at INAS Garuda, the Naval Air Station at Kochi since March 2002 and being used for missions including rescue operations. It has proven her mettle in many rescue operations during the last nine years. Dhruv is one among the few helicopters in the world, which is capable of night search and rescue operations over the sea.