Indian Navy Facts: When we all are sailing in our dreams at night, the Indian Navy is sailing through our enormous coastline to safeguard the nation’s maritime borders.
Indian Navy is the navy branch of the Indian Armed Force, of country India which is the seventh-largest country in the world and owns a coastline of 7,516.6 kilometers. The Navy always holds a key role in a country like India. Indian Navy is a stupendous name in itself and a budding force to reckon with. It works along with Indian Air Force and Indian Army.
Indian Navy is also known as ‘Bhartiya Nau Sena’. The president of India is the supreme commander of the Indian Navy and the Chief of the Naval Staff, a four-star admiral, commands the navy.
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Q/A: When is Indian Navy Day Celebrated?
On December 4, Indian Navy Day is celebrated across the country, to show our gratitude to India’s first coastline defence unit. Indian Navy is the fifth largest Navy and is considered as one the strongest navies across the world.
The headquarters of the Indian Navy is located in New Delhi. The origin of the Indian navy can be traced back to the 17th century. It is believed that The British East India Company established the naval fleet in 1612 in India.
Indian Navy is a multi-dimensional and networked combat force. There will be no wrong if we say that naval officers are no less than superheroes.
There are many other amazing facts about Indian Navy that we should know. Here are a few interesting Indian Navy Facts that will increase your respect ten-fold.
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15 Amazing Facts About Indian Navy – Indian Navy Facts
1. Royal Indian Navy
Indian Navy Facts #1: East India Company’s marine was the naval force of the British East India Company in 1612. Later on after some years, it was known as the Royal Indian navy but as soon as India became a republic on 26 January 1950, Royal Indian Navy became the Indian Navy.
2. Indian Navy Motto
Indian Navy Facts #2: The motto of the Indian naval force is “Sham No Varunaḥ”, which means ‘may the lord of water (Varuna) be auspicious to us’.
3. Indian Navy Day History
Indian Navy Facts #3: Indian Navy Day is celebrated on December 4, every year across the country. The Navy doesn’t remember the day as its foundation day rather, on this day in 1971, the Indian Navy successfully executed Operation Trident, an attack on Pakistani Karachi Naval Headquarters.
4. Indian Navy in the world
Facts about Indian Navy #4: Indian navy is currently the seventh strongest maritime force in the world, with only the United States of America, Russia, China, Japan, United Kingdom, and France ahead of it.
5. Indian Navy Missions
Indian Navy Facts #5: The first involvement of the Indian Navy in any conflict came in 1961. Indian appropriation of Goa with the success of operation Vijay against the Portuguese navy. It was the Indian Navy’s first independent mission.
Facts about Indian Navy #6: The Indian Navy played a vital role in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971 by carrying out two large-scale naval attacks, Operation Trident and Operation Python, on Pakistani port city- Karachi. The Indian Navy executed carrier aircraft bombing missions, blockade, and cruise missile strikes against land targets.
Facts about Indian Navy #7: During the start of World War 2, India’s Naval Forces played an important role in maintaining the flow of supplies to the United Kingdom.
Facts about Indian Navy #8: The Indian Navy had generated Humanitarian Assistance and disaster relief to overseas countries. ‘Operation Vanilla’ has been launched by the Indian Navy to help the affected population of Madagascar post devastation caused by cyclone Diane.
Indian Navy Facts #9: Indian Navy played an important role in the success of the Kargil war. This information was kept hidden for a long time. The Personals from the Marine Commandos, abbreviated to MARCOS unit of the Indian Navy fought along with the Indian Army in the Himalayas under the naval operation ‘Talwar’.
6. Indian Navy Missile
Facts about Indian Navy #10: BrahMos’s, Indian Navy’s anti-ship cruise missile is the world’s fastest operational cruise missile in world with a speed of Mach 2.8 -3.0. Recently, the missile system range has been increased from 298 km to 450 km by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
7. Indian Navy Patrolling Unit – Sagar Prahari Bal (SBP)
Indian Navy Facts #11: Indian Navy came up with patrolling units known as Sagar Prahari Bal (SPB) to keep a check on India’s coastal water after the terrorist attack of 26/11.
Facts #12: Indian navy has also completed an expedition to Mount Everest, the South Pole, and The North Pole in the years 2004, 2005, and 2006 respectively.
8. Indian Navy INS Niresskshak
Facts #13: In September 2020, our Navy’s INS Nireekshak has joined the Mauritian National Coast Guard in search and relief of Mauritius Port Authority (MPA) Tug Sir Gaetan.
Facts about Indian Navy #14: Indian Navy is also used to enhance the relations by conducting frequent port visits and going on humanitarian missions like providing disaster relief.
9. Indian Navy’s MARCOS
Indian Navy Facts #15: The Indian Navy’s special operation unit known as MARCOS (originally called Marine Commando Force) was found in 1987. It is trained and equipped to carry out operations in all environments- at sea, in the air, or on land. This force has also acquired international recognition for professionalism.
10. Indian Navy’s aerobatics teams – Sagar Pawan
Facts about Indian Navy #16: The Indian Navy’s ‘Sagar Pawan’, which was founded in 2003, is one of the only two naval aerobatics teams in the world. The color scheme used by naval aircraft is dark blue on white. The other aerobatic team is US Navy’s Blue Angels.
11. Indian Navy academy
Indian Navy Facts #17: The Indian Navy academy is situated in Ezhimala in Kerala’s Kannur district. This is one of the largest naval academies situated in Asia.
12. Indian Navy satellite – GSAT -7
Facts about Indian Navy #18: The Indian Navy has launched its exclusive defence satellite GSAT-7. It is India’s first defence satellite to be launched by ISRO. This satellite gives the maritime combat force an advantage to extend its blue water capabilities.
13. Father of Indian Navy – Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale
Indian Navy Facts #19: Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale is considered as Father of the Indian Navy. He is responsible for establishing a strong naval presence across the coast of Konkan and Goa to protect the sea trades. He realized the importance of naval forces and he believed that it would keep them independent from foreign invaders. He builds naval forts in various parts of the country.
14. Indian Navy Aircraft’s
Facts about Indian Navy #20: As of May 2021, the Indian Navy possesses 1 aircraft carrier, 1 amphibious transport dock, 9 destroyers, 8 landing ship tanks, 13 frigates, 1 nuclear-powered attack submarine, 2 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, 15 conventionally powered attack submarines, 23 corvettes, 8 landing craft utility, 10 large offshore patrol vessels, 5 fleet tankers and various auxiliary vessels and small patrol boats.
15. Indian Navy’s Aircraft Carrier
Indian Navy Facts #21: INS (Indian Navy Ship) Viraat was the Navy’s first aircraft carrier and the oldest aircraft carrier in the world.
Facts about Indian Navy #22: Our second aircraft carrier is INS Vikramaditya. Additionally, INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier to have been manufactured in India.
Fact #23: India will have its first supercarrier in INS Vishal by 2025.
Facts about Indian Navy #24: Most Indian Navy ships and submarines are manufactured natively.
Facts #25: The INS Arihant is a 6000 tons vessel and the lead ship in India’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. It is the first ballistic missile submarine to have been built by a country other than one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
16. Indian Navy’s first’s
Indian Navy Facts #26: Vice-admiral R.D Katari was the first Indian chief of naval staff. He was appointed on 22 April 1958.
Facts about Indian Navy #27: Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi is the first women pilot. After completion of operational training in Kochi in December 2019 Shivangi joins naval operations.
Fact #28: Indian Navy is headed by the Chief of Naval Staff. Other high ranks in the Indian Navy include Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Deputy Chief of naval staff and Chief of Personnel, etc.
17. Indian naval bases
Indian Navy Facts #29: The crucial naval bases are located in Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Pune, Coimbatore, Port Blair, and Chilka.
18. Indian Naval Commands
Indian Navy Facts #30: There are three commands under which the Indian navy works. They are Western Command in Mumbai, Eastern Command in Vishakhapatnam, and Southern Command in Cochin. All these commands are headed by a Flag officer Commanding-in-Chief.
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