50 Facts About Indian Navy


Indian Navy's army retreated to Mesopotamia on the ships built at Sindh.

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At one instance Roman historian Gaius Plinius Secundus mentioned of Indian Navy traders carrying away large masses of gold and silver from Rome, in payment for skins, precious stones, clothes, indigo, sandalwood, herbs, perfumes, and spices.

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Indian Navy's fleet was commanded by notable admirals like Sidhoji Gujar and Kanhoji Angre.

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The Indian Navy saw action in the First Opium War of 1840 and in the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852.

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Mukherji was the first Indian Navy to be granted a commission, in the rank of an Engineer Sub-lieutenant.

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In 1934, the Marine was upgraded to a full naval force, thus becoming the Royal Indian Navy, and was presented the King's colours in recognition of its services to the British Crown.

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The navy was actively involved in operations during the war around the world and was heavily involved in operations around the Indian Ocean, including convoy escorts, mine-sweeping and supply, as well as supporting amphibious assaults.

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When hostilities ceased in August 1945, the Royal Indian Navy had expanded to a personnel strength of over 25, 000 officers and sailors.

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Effective from the same date, all British officers were compulsorily retired from the Navy and its reserve components, with Indian officers being promoted to replace British senior officers.

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However, a number of British flag and senior officers were invited to continue serving in the RIN, as only nine of the Navy's Indian commissioned officers had more than 10 years' service, with the majority of them only having served from five to eight years.

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The first C-in-C of the Indian Navy was Admiral Sir Edward Parry who took over from Hall in 1948 and handed over to Admiral Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey in 1951.

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At the outbreak of Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the Indian Navy had one aircraft carrier, two cruisers, nineteen destroyers and frigates, and one tanker.

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In 1983, the Indian Navy planned for Operation Lal Dora to support the government of Mauritius against a feared coup.

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The Indian Navy's aviators flew sorties and marine commandos fought alongside Indian Army personnel in the Himalayas.

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Indian Navy plays an important role in providing humanitarian relief in times of natural disasters, including floods, cyclones and tsunamis.

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In 2007, Indian Navy supported relief operations for the survivors of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

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In February 2011, the Indian Navy launched Operation Safe Homecoming and rescued Indian nationals from war torn Libya.

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Indian Navy operates two operational commands and one training command.

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Indian Navy has its operational and training bases in Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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The Indian Navy operates a monitoring station, fitted with radars and surveillance gear to intercept maritime communication, in Madagascar.

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Project Varsha is a highly classified project undertaken by the Indian Navy to construct a hi-tech base under the Eastern Naval Command.

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Indian Navy has a specialized training command which is responsible for organisation, conduct and overseeing of all basic, professional and specialist training throughout the Navy.

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The Chief of Personnel at HQ of Indian Navy is responsible for the framework of training, and exercises the responsibility through Directorate of Naval Training (DNT).

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The Indian Navy has specialized training establishments for gunnery, aviation, leadership, logistics, music, medicine, physical training, educational training, engineering, hydrography, submarines etc.

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Indian Navy has appointed Rajendra Kumar Behera MCPO I as the first Navy MCPO on 1 May 2022.

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Indian Navy is procuring 24 Lockheed Martin MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters under the foreign military sales from the US.

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Indian Navy maintains an aerobatic display team, the Sagar Pawan.

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Names of all in service ships and naval bases of the Indian Navy are prefixed with the letters INS, designating Indian Naval Ship or Indian Navy Station, whereas the sail boats are prefixed with INSV.

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Indian Navy currently operates three Kolkata, three Delhi and three Rajput-class guided-missile destroyers.

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Smaller littoral zone combatants in service are in the form of corvettes, of which the Indian Navy operates the Kamorta, Kora, Khukri, Veer and Abhay-class corvettes.

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Three hundred Indian Navy personnel were trained in Russia for the operation of these submarines.

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The BrahMos has been tailored to meet Indian Navy needs and features a large proportion of India-designed components and technology, including its fire control systems, transporter erector launchers, and its onboard navigational attack systems.

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Indian Navy relies on information technology to face the challenges of the 21st century.

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The Indian Navy is implementing a new strategy to move from a platform centric force to a network centric force by linking all shore-based installations and ships via a high-speed data networks and satellites.

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The Indian Navy has provided training to all its personnel in Information Technology at the Naval Institute of Computer Applications (NICA) located in Mumbai.

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Indian Navy has a dedicated cadre for matters pertaining to information technology cadre named as Information Technology Cadre, under the Directorate of Information Technology.

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Indian Navy conducted an International fleet review named Bridges of Friendship in February 2001 in Mumbai.

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The second international fleet review, the International Fleet Review 2016, was held off Visakhapatnam coast in February 2016 where Indian Navy's focus was on improving diplomatic relations and military compatibility with other nations.

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The Indian Navy conducted a naval exercise with the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2003, and sent ships to the South China Sea to participate in the fleet review.

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In 2005, TROPEX was held during which Indian Navy experimented the doctrine of influencing a land and air battle to support the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.

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In 2007, Indian Navy conducted naval exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force and U S Navy in the Pacific, and signed an agreement with Japan in October 2008 for joint naval patrolling in the Asia-Pacific region.

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An Indian Navy team comprising 11 members successfully completed an expedition to the Arctic pole.

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The Indian Navy succeeded in Mission Dakshin Dhruv 2006 by traversing to the South Pole on skis.

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Indian Navy became the first organisation to reach the poles and Mt.

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Indian Navy has initiated Phase II expansion of INS Kadamba, the third largest naval base, near Karwar.

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The Indian Navy is in the process of constructing a new naval base, INS Varsha, at Rambilli for its Arihant Class submarines.

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The Indian Navy has subsequently sent out an international RFP for up to 2 large landing helicopter docks.

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Indian Navy is planning to procure 22 General Atomics Sea Guardian drones at an estimated cost of $2 billion.

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Accidents in the Indian navy have been attributed to ageing ships in need of maintenance, delayed acquisitions by the Ministry of Defence, and human error.

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Traditional crest of Indian Navy ships is topped by a crown featuring three sailing ships symbolising India's rich maritime history.

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