The Indian Air Force recently got there beast aircraft Rafale jet in their squadron. The Indian airforce and Army are always in news with their technology and operations. But don’t forget about the Indian Navy that secure mother India for foreign invasion into India. Let’s find out the amazing facts and deep knowledge about our proudly Indian Navy.
We the Indians are using the sea of India for trading and military purposes for a long time. Indian empires in the past had used the power of the Navy to protect their land and for trading purpose too (Maurya,Satavahana,Gupta,Pandya, Vijayanagara,Mughal, Maratha etc).Great Maratha emperor Shivaji is considered as the ‘Father of Indian Navy’.
British East India Company established its navy East India Company’s Marine in 1612 while ruling in India which later became Royal Indian Navy that also participated in world war 1 as well as in world war 2. After the independence of India on 26 January 1950, Royal Indian Navy became the Indian Navy.
The first Indian Navy’s operation was against the Portuguese Navy during the liberation of Goa in 1961.
Like all armed force Indian Navy also has three major command centers- Eastern command at Visakhapatnam, Southern command at Kochi, Western command at Mumbai. Every command center is head by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief.
As per the report of 2016 The Indian Navy is the world 7th largest navy. the Indian Navy has a strength of over 58,000 personnel and a large operational fleet consisting of two aircraft carriers , one amphibious transport dock , 19 Landing ship tanks , 10 destroyers , 15 frigates , one nuclear-powered attack submarine , 14 conventionally-powered attack submarines , 25 corvettes , 7 mine countermeasure vessels , 47 patrol vessels , 4 fleet tankers, 1 Missile submarine and various other auxiliary vessels.
The Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala is the largest naval academy in south Asia.INS Viraat was the Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier and the oldest aircraft carrier in the world. Its second aircraft carrier is the INS Vikramaditya. Additionally, INS Vikrant is the first aircraft carrier to have been manufactured in India.
MARCOS or Marine Commandos, also known as ‘magarmach’, are the special operations unit of the Indian Navy. Terrorists often call MARCOS ‘Dadiwali fauj’ because of their bearded disguises in civil areas. Magarmachs played a huge role during the rescue mission of the hostages during the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
There are only three naval aerobatic teams in the world and one of them is Indian Navy’s Sagar Pawan (Sea Breeze).
The missile BrahMos, is the fastest cruise missile in the world with a speed of Mach (ratio between the speed of the object and the speed of sound) 2.8 – 3.0. It makes India the only country with supersonic cruise missiles in their army, navy, and air force.
The Sagar Prahari Bal (SPB) formed in March 2009 after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, is the unit of the Indian Navy responsible for patrolling India’s coastal waters.
Indian Navy uses a multi-brand communication satellite called GSAT – 7. It helps the Indian Navy to acquire the blue water capabilities, which means an oceangoing fleet is able to operate on the high seas far from its nation’s homeports.