On 11 May 2016 Indian Navy on decommissioned its fleet of iconic Sea Harriers.
They were replaced with new generation MIG-29 K fighters in a ceremony on INS Hansa near Vasco.
The function was presided over by the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan.
• The de-inducted fighter aircrafts, the Naval Air Squadron 300 - INAS 300, were popularly known as 'white tigers'.
• Designed and manufactured by British Aerospace, Sea Harrier is a naval Short-Vertical Take-Off and Landing Jet Fighter, used for both reconnaissance and strike.
• The aircraft, developed by the British in the 1960s, 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.
• The newly inducted MIG 29 Ks will be operational from INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier.
• Presently 45 MIG 29k are being introduced