Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India — Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu welcomed the TU-142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy which landed at INS Dega for the last time this morning.
A special ceremony organized at INS Dega to formally welcome the aircraft at Visakhapatnam was attended by Union Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, MPs, MLAs and host of other Civil Dignitaries. On arrival of the TU, the Chief Minister interacted with the crew members and exchanged mementos.
The Andhra Pradesh Government had earlier requested the Ministry of Defence for allotment of one de-inducted TU-142M for converting it into a museum.
The request of is being processed at the Ministry of Defence located in New Delhi.
Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) would be coordinating all activities related to aircraft museum on behalf of Andhra Pradesh government.
The TU is likely to be dismantled and transported by road on trailers and re-assembled on the Beach Road near Kursura Submarine Museum.
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