INAS 336 – The Flaming Arrows
The submarine, ever since its inception has been one of the most important factors in deciding the fate of a sea battle. With this in mind the Naval Headquarters ordered the formation of a new Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) squadron. INAS 336 was commissioned on 20 Dec 74 at INS Garuda. The first Squadron Commander, Cdr DK Yadav, read the Commissioning Warrant. The squadron was initially a standby squadron for INS Vikrant and was also assigned the task of training Sea King crew on type. Conversion training of pilots and observers on the Sea King subsequently became the primary task of the squadron, which the squadron has been doing with competence and alacrity. More than a quarter of century since commissioning the ‘Flaming Arrows’ has seen many a budding Naval aviator and veteran ‘Rotor Head’ pass through its hallowed portals to become front line ASW/ ASV and Marine Commando helicopter aircrew.