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Jamnagar Air Force Station
With its single terminal, Jamnagar AFS or Jamnagar Airport is located in the area of total 35 acres in which it spreads. Its terminal has capacity to handle approximately 100 passengers at one go. Inbuilt canteen, single conveyor belt and parking apron connecting its terminal measure 295ft.x295ft., and are few of the key attributes of this airport. It can easily accommodate Airbus A320 and ATR 72 simultaneously.
Being considered an apex squadron, Jamnagar AFS airbase has the identity worth notable due to many important reasons. This airbase had already proved a pinnacle for 224 Squadron for a long time period from July 04, 1983 to March 31, 2007. The exceptional roles for ground attack and precision strike couldn’t be possible without Jamnagar AFS base that has played key roles for operation of many important Air Force operations and training activities.
Jamnagar AFS therefore has niche role for the upkeep and operation of Indian Air Forces on several stages or levels no matter it is operation of the Number 224 Squadron or Warlords of IAF or many other steps which already the left charismatic impact. The Air Defence unit at this airbase brought revolution in Indian Air Forces operation especially in training and modernization processes.
Historic relevance of Jamnagar AFS should be understood in specific context. Its causal relation with Number 224 Squadron crest and projection of warrior on the chariot proceeding to war symbolizes courage and empowerment of Air Forces. The signification of a chariot indicates in the context of uniquely developed weapon platforms to prove extremely lethal and flexible to literally convince it is metaphor for thorough strength and empowerment. Equally does it indicate warrior impact and timely feel for readiness and mesmerized aim to overpower enemy parties.
Establishment of Jamnagar AFS was with such high aim and remained the historic attempt in the history of Air Forces. Previously, Number 224 Squadron had been raised on 4 July 1983 at Adampur airbase which came under Western Air Command and became part of this airbase later. As the unit was equipped with MIG 23MF with major role of Air defence in its kitty this airbase is used for many operations. The moving of that squadron to Jamnagar AFS with MiG-23s redefined structure and so was notable tow targets which brought this airbase into national limelight.
Jamnagar AFS or Jamnagar Airport had been established for visionary appeal and a cherished purpose for future security of country from this key location in the west. It was initially a completely military airport but later it opened for the general public as well. Today, the main operator of this airport is Airports Authority of India which controls operation from Jamnagar that has become an important air traffic location.
Jamnagar AFS was renamed to Jamnagar Airport that later became Govardhanpur Airport Jamnagar. It equally caters to the civilian needs today like it had been playing crucial role for Air Forces. Dual role of this airport is worth noting and it also defines success story of airbase turning into an airport for multiple uses to cater to the air travel needs of travellers coming to Jamnagar city in Gujarat state.
Jamnagar AFS has distinction of being the only Gujarat based airport in India that houses two runways. Mainly under the control and ownership of India’s Air Forces, the airport is very much permitted for commercial and private flight operation. This airport maintains distinct approach with systematically operated runways.
Units at Jamnagar AFS Base
Jamnagar AFS houses the units which control Air Force in the region to maximum extent. These units involve in trainings and for internal security needs.
Beauty of Jamnagar AFS is its excellently maintained Kendriya Vidyalas. They have been strategically planned and run under proper system to ensure best possible Air Force training opportunities are offered.