With the imminent procurement of the INS-Vikrant, India's first aircraft carrier in the late 50s, A decision to equip the carrier with the Hawker Sea Hawk FGA Mk6 jet fighter as the mainstay. The first 24 of these Sea Hawks were delivered in the autumn of 1959. And the first fighter squadron INAS 300 was commisioned on 7 July 1960.
The Sea Hawk would serve just over two decades before being replaced by the Sea Harrier. During the course of its service, a total of 45 FGA 6s (IN-151 to IN-195) and 28 FGA Mk100s (IN-230 to IN-257) were procured. The Mk 100s were modified aircraft that originally saw service in the German Navy.