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The iconic Indian Navy’s TU142 aircraft has found a new and permanent home, transformed into a museum in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. The inauguration ceremony, held on March 1, 2024, was graced by the presence of Smt Vanga Geetha Viswanath, the esteemed Member of Parliament for Kakinada.

This museum, nestled on the scenic Kakinada beach, marks a significant addition to the existing naval aviation museums in Visakhapatnam and Kolkata. It offers visitors a unique opportunity to delve into the rich history of the TU142 and its service to the Indian Navy.

During the inauguration, Cmde N Sudeep, Commodore (Aviation) of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC), took the audience on a captivating journey. He shared the remarkable 30-year service of the TU142, highlighting its pivotal role as a long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare asset for the Indian Navy.

This transformation of the TU142 into a museum not only preserves a significant piece of naval history but also serves as a testament to the dedication and service of the Indian Navy. It stands as a symbol of India’s maritime prowess and strategic capabilities.

The museum is expected to become a popular tourist destination, attracting not only aviation enthusiasts but also anyone interested in India’s rich military history. It promises to provide a valuable learning experience for visitors of all ages, showcasing the power and technology of this iconic aircraft.