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July 29, 2021

Indian Navy bans passage of drones around several of its installations

A similar warning was issued recently for the Indian Navy’s bases in Mumbai and Goa.

The Indian Navy has placed a ban on flying uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones without prior permission in and around its installations in Gujarat and other places in the country.

In an official release issued on 28 July, the Indian Navy said that that an area of 3km radius from the perimeter of naval installations falls under ‘No Fly Zone’.

According to the release, individuals and civil agencies are not allowed to fly any drone in the region.

The service was quoted by PTI as saying: “The Indian Navy reserves the right to confiscate or destroy any aerial drones or UAVs found flying within these areas without prior approval.

“Operators found violating these guidelines will be liable for prosecution under relevant provisions of law.”

A similar warning is currently in effect at its bases in Mumbai and Goa.

The latest move follows the recent drone attack that took place at the Indian Air Force’s base in Jammu.

If there is a scheduled flying operation, approval to fly drones should be taken from the Director General of Civil Aviation a week before operation.

Besides securing the approval, a copy of the approval letter should also be submitted to the headquarters of the Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area.

The Indian Navy has bases in Gujarat’s Porbandar and Okha. These bases are part of the Western Naval Command.

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