Source: This post is based on the article “Naval Aviation to get President’s Colour” published in PIB on 1st September 2021.
What is the News?
The President of India will award the President’s Colour to Indian Naval Aviation at the ceremonial parade to be held at INS Hansa, Goa.
What is President’s Colour?
President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed on a military unit in recognition of its exceptional service to the nation.
The Indian Navy was the first amongst the Indian Armed Forces to be awarded the President’s Colour in 1951.
Subsequent recipients of the President’s Colour in the Navy include Southern Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Western Naval Command, Eastern Fleet, Western Fleet, Submarine Arm, INS Shivaji and the Indian Naval Academy.
Indian Naval Aviation came into existence in 1951, with the acquisition of the first Sealand aircraft, and commissioning of INS Garuda, the first Naval Air Station in 1953.
Currently, Indian Naval Aviation has nine air stations and three naval air enclaves along the Indian coastline and in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.