Indian Navy is among the elite forces that guard India’s waters and coasts 24/7 so that we sleep safe and sound. And today as we celebrate the Indian Navy Day, here are facts about the sea heroes that defend our might invariably.
1. The guardian of the sea, the Indian navy was originally called the Royal Indian Navy and was founded in 1612 by the East India Company. After India’s independence, it was named the “Indian Navy”
2. Notably, the first involvement of the Indian Navy in a conflict was against the Portuguese Navy, during the liberation of Goa in 1961.
3. At the time of filing this story, INS Vikramaditya is the largest aircraft carrier the Indian Navy owns. Indian Navy’s first aircraft carrier is INS Vikrant.
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4. Indian Navy played a key role in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971.
The Indian Navy played a crucial role in the bombing of Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. It was the first time when the Indian Nay used anti-ship missiles under Operation Trident. During this, missile boats INS Nirghat and INS Nipat sunk the minesweeper PNS Muhafiz and destroyer PNS Khyber.
5. Indeginoiuly developed Brahmos is the fastest cruise missile in the world with a speed of Mach 2.8 – 3.0. The same can be launched from a land-based launcher and ship surface.
6. Indian Navy, to this day, has also conducted three successful international operations.
These include protecting Seychelles from an armed coup and defend the Maldives from coups, two times, on request of the elected governments of the two countries.
7. The largest naval academy in Asia, INS Zamorin at Ezhimala, is operated by the Indian Navy.
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8. Vice Admiral Ram Dass Katari was the first to get up to the rank of Chief of Naval Staff in 1958.
9. Out of the only two naval aerobatic teams in the world, one of them is our country’s navy. It is known as Saagar Pawan.
10. Indian Navy’s MARCOS is the special commando force raised by the Indian Navy for operations like counter-terrorism, direct action, recon and rescue missions. As the name suggests, it is deadly AF.
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11. The ISRO-built GSAT-7 is the Indian Navy’s own satellite which helps it execute missions and also enhances its maritime capabilities manifold.
12. INS Arihant is the lead ship of India’s Arihant class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. The 6,000-tonne vessel was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project at the Ship Building Centre in the port city of Visakhapatnam.
13. INS Vishal is a supercarrier that will join the Indian Navy vehicle fleet by 2025.
14. Indian Navy ensign (the flag) still incorporates the St. George’s Cross design, the flag of England.
15. The Indian Navy, whole-heartedly, takes part in humanitarian operations that involve rescuing people from unfortunate situations like floods, rescue operations, etc.
16. Indian Navy was the first Navy to send a submariner on an expedition to Mt. Everest.
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