Indian Navy: Maritime Warriors of India

Indian Navy is the naval warfare branch of the Armed Forces of India. It is the fourth largest and strongest navy in the world and also 4 centuries old. Its main functions are naval warfare, power projection and nuclear deterrence.

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This powerful Navy was founded back in the 1612 and was under the command of Royal Navy. It came to be known as Royal Indian Navy. Until the India’s independence in 1947, it was under the command of the Royal Navy of United Kingdom. 

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Today, IN is playing a vital role in ensuring India’s maritime security. It ranks 4th on the world’s most powerful navies list with 67,250 active personnel and 55,000 reserve personnel.

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This huge navy maintains more than 295 ships along with many auxiliary and support ships. It is also one of the few navies in the world maintaining aircraft carrier.

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IN currently has one aircraft carrier in service, one going to enter sea trials and another under construction. It has 10 destroyers, 14 frigates, 22 corvettes, 15 diesel submarines, 2 nuclear submarines, 1 mine countermeasure vessel, 30 patrol vessels, 8 landing ship tanks, 1 amphibious transport ship dock, 4 replenishment oilers and many other auxiliary and support ships.

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President of India is its Commander-in-Chief. IN is commanded by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS). The motto of IN is “May the of Water be auspicious unto us”.

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