MoU between Indian Navy and CIAL

August 13, 2019 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)
Indian Navy and CIAL sign MoU for functioning of naval air enclave (NAE) for military aircraft operations from CIAL including usage of runway landing, takefoff and establishing SOPs for safe secure military operations.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Naval Air Enclave (NAE), Kochi and Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) was signed on August 8, 2019 in a formal function held at CIAL. Captain Satish Kumar S, Officer-in-Charge, NAE and ACK Nair, Airport Director CIAL, signed the document on behalf of both organisations.

The memorandum was signed in connection with commencement of naval air operations from the NAE, a naval aviation facility comprising an independent dispersal, aircraft hangar, administrative building and taxy track, located on the northwest side of CIAL. Military aircraft would use the CIAL runway for take off and landing and the NAE taxy track for proceeding to and from the dispersal / hangar.

Indian Navy MoU signed by Officer in charge NAE Capt Satish Kumar S and airport director CIAL ACK Nair on August 8, 2019 in presence of AM Shabeer, Exec Dir, Sunil Chacko CFO, and Dinesh Kumar C, Head of Operarations CIAL.

The Memorandum of Understanding lays down Standard Operating Procedures and their adherence by CIAL and the Indian Navy, for ensuring safe, secure and uninterrupted military air operations. Senior management functionaries of CIAL including AM Shabeer, Executive Director, Sunil Chacko, Chief Financial Officer and Dinesh Kumar C, Head of Operations were present for the function.

Naval Air Enclave is capable of supporting operations of the highly capable P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft, which was extensively used to coordinate Search and Rescue Operations off the coast of Kerala and the Lakshadweep Islands in Dec 2017, following Cyclone Ockhi. The optimal exploitation of the NAE would significantly enhance the maritime reconnaissance capability of Southern Naval Command, as also the Indian Navy.