Vizag naval base INS Dega handled 15 cargo flights since lockdown

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With the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, INS Dega of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has ensured that the joint-user airfield at Visakhapatnam remains open round the clock, says a press communiqué released by the Ministry of Defence.

So far, 15 sorties of the cargo flight have operated since the lockdown has been enforced, it read.

The manning of the airfield has been modified to ensure that all requisite safety services and airfield facilities continued to be available.

This ensured that all special flights, as well as, the cargo flight of SpiceJet to continue its operations unhindered, the release said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy continues to maintain its operational vigil by carrying out regular maritime surveillance missions day and night.

The Dornier squadron of the ENC, INAS 311, operating from the air station, has been undertaking regular maritime surveillance missions, it said.

Additionally, all other air assets have been kept mission-ready and prepared for immediate deployment should the need arise, continued the release.

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