INAS 318 – The Hawks
INAS 318 was commissioned on 10 Mar 84. Lt Cdr JS Dhillon was the first Squadron Commander. The squadron was initially equipped with Islander aircraft which have been replaced by Dorniers subsequently. The squadron is based at INS Utkrosh, Port Blair. The squadron’s primary task is maritime reconnaissance and patrol. The squadron has been doing a laudable job of maintaining vigil around the far-flung outposts of the Andamans and has participated in many anti poaching and anti smuggling operations. The squadron contributes in great measure to the Navy’s policy of ‘Look East’ and with the formation of the new integrated command at Port Blair these aircraft are important assets in order to keep the pirate infested Malacca Straits under constant surveillance.