TheIndian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The Chairman of theIndian Navy, a Chief of Naval Staff is called Admiral who generally holds afour-star rank. The Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy is the President ofIndia.
Theprime objective of the Indian navy is to safeguard the nation’s marine borders,identify and defeat any threats or invasion against the territory, disasterrelief, promotes bilateral relations between nations and conduct jointexercises. Fewimportant points we should must know about Indian Navy:Ø Themarine history of India known to 6,000 years ago with the birth of art of thenavigation during the Indus Valley Civilisation.Ø IndianNavy has its own operational and training bases in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka,Kerala, Lakshadweep, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, andAndaman and Nicobar Islands.Ø Thename of all service ships and Naval Bases of the Indian Navy are prefixed withINS, which designates “Indian Naval Ship” or “Indian Navy Station”.Ø TheINS Viraat was decommissioned on 6 March 2017, therefore only one aircraftcarrier is left in the active service in the Indian navy which is “INSVikramaditya” which serves as the flagship of the fleet.Ø Thefirst exclusive defence satellite of India GSAT-7 or or INSAT-4F, themulti-band communication satellite named Rukmini was developed by ISRO and successfullylaunched in French Guiana in August 2013. Rukminihas a approximately 2,000 nautical mile ‘footprint’ over the Indian Ocean includingboth the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal region. Ø Beforethe Republic of India, the Naval name was “Royal Indian Navy” Whichwas changed to the Indian Navy in the year 1950.
Themotto of the Indian Navy is “May the Lord of the Water be auspicious untous”. Indiaoften conducts naval exercises with other friendly countries in order toincrease naval cooperation and also strengthen harmonious security relationships.