The Indian Navy (Bhāratīya Nau Senā) is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India serves as Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. It played an important role in India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War. Below mentioned are some of the Indian Navy facts you should know.
Indian Navy Facts
Indian Navy is the fifth largest navy of the world
Indians are using the sea for trading and military purposes for a long time. The first tidal dock of India was build during the time of Indus Valley Civilization (around 2300 B.C.). Many Indian empires in past had used the power of navy (Maurya, Satavahana, Gupta, Pandya, Vijayanagara, Mughal, Maratha etc). Maratha Emperor Shivaji is considered as the the Father of Indian Navy.
Indian Navy’s first operation was against the Portuguese Navy during the liberation of Goa in 1961
Indian Navy created havoc during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. On December 4, the Indian Navy launched Operation Trident and attacked the Pakistan Naval Headquarters in Karachi sinking a minesweeper, a destroyer and an ammunition supply ship. The attack also destroyed oil storage tanks at the Karachi port. This day is celebrated as Navy Day. It was followed by Operation Python on December 8, 1971.
Indian Navy is the only navy in the world after US and Italy to have more than one aircraft carrier
Pic: INS VIRAAT
Pic: INS VIKRAMDITYA
MARCOS is the special commando force raised by the Indian Navy for counter-terrorism, direct action, recon and rescue missions. It is one of the best in our country.
An Indian MARCO on an exchange program in the US topped the US Navy SEAL course with ease
All MARCOS are static line para jump qualified and some are qualified for free fall (HALO/HAHO) para jumps – High Altitude Low Opening and High Altitude High Opening. In fact, MARCOS are the handful of the special forces from around the world that are capable of being para dropped into the sea with the full combat load.
Even the terrorists and militants in Kashmir are scared of the MARCOS and refer to them as ‘Dadiwala Fauj’, thanks to the beards they wear as disguise.
The Navy is upgrading its fleet with stealth ships such as Kamorta-class cruisers and Visakhapatnam-class destroyer (will get commissioned in 2018)
A total of four ships of the Project 15B class will be built beginning with INS Visakhapatnam. Two follow- on ships have been named INS Paradip and INS Marmagoa and will be commissioned in 2020 and 2022 respectively. The fourth one, due in 2024, is yet to be named.
Barak 8 missile, a surface-to-air missile being developed by India and Israel, will be used from Indian Navy ships
India is likely to field nearly 28 submarines including Arihant class subs, Follow-on SSBNs, New SSNs, 6 Kalvari class SSKs and 6 more P 75(I) boats, making it the most formidable submarine force in the Indian Ocean region.
For the first time ever the US will be assisting India in joint development of aircraft carriers for the Indian Navy
Five ships will be acquired by the Indian Navy each year over the next 10 years. It expects to be a force of 150 ships and 500 air crafts by 2027.