INS Kohassa has been named after a White-Bellied Sea Eagle, which is a large bird of prey endemic to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it said.
The NAS Shibpur was set up as a Forward Operating Air Base (FOAB) for surveillance in North Andaman. Located in the northern most part of the islands, the airfield holds strategic importance not only for the security of the islands but also for its overall development.
With the addition of this airfield, the ANC’s ability to operate independently from all the regions of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will get a great boost, the release said.
Post commissioning, the station will function as a base for joint operation of both military and civil aircraft in keeping with the UDAN scheme of the government.
As part of Phase II expansion plan, the runway length would subsequently be extended to 3000 metre. This will enable the operation of wide-bodied civil and defence aircraft in the future, the release added.