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Indian Navy to bid farewell to iconic Sea Harriers fighter planes today

Indian Naval aircraft Sea Harrier C-160 lands after it takes part in the fifth edition of the Aero India air show in Yelahanka.  Indian Naval aircraft Sea Harrier C-160 (background) lands after it takes part in the fifth edition of the Aero India air show at the Yelahanka air force station on the outskirts of Bangalore February 10, 2005. More than 300 aviation firms from 31 countries are participating in the five-day-long aerospace exposition billed as the south Asia's largest Air show. REUTERS/Jagadeesh Nv
Indian Naval aircraft Sea Harrier C-160 lands after it takes part in the fifth edition of the Aero India air show in Yelahanka. Indian Naval aircraft Sea Harrier C-160 (background) lands after it takes part in the fifth edition of the Aero India air show at the Yelahanka air force station on the outskirts of Bangalore February 10, 2005. More than 300 aviation firms from 31 countries are participating in the five-day-long aerospace exposition billed as the south Asia's largest Air show. REUTERS/Jagadeesh Nv

Panaji: The Iconic Sea Harrier’s will be decommissioned from the Indian Navy today as it will mark the end of an era in India’s naval history, with an official ceremony phasing out the last of its iconic Sea Harrier jets.

The Harriers will be replaced by a squadron of Russian Mig 29k jets and the ceremony will be held at INS Hansa base in Vasco at Goa.

Admiral R K Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, will be the Chief Guest for the ceremony.

In a statement, Indian Navy said that its usage in the Falklands War was its most high-profile and important success, where it was the only fixed-wing fighter available to protect the British Task Force.

The aircraft, developed by the British in the 1960s, are best known for the ability to take off and land vertically, and for being the only class of jet that can hover like a helicopter.

The Sea Harrier was used by the British during the Falklands War, both Gulf Wars, and during the NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The retired aircraft will be put on display in museums. (ANI)

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