Indian Navy

Brief History

  • Indian navy has been running since 200BC
  • CHOLA DYNSATY, an ancient Tamil Kingdom along the banks of the river Cauvery, were the first to use navy.
  • The MODERN ROYAL NAVY under Britishers was constituted on 4 December.

Role of the Indian Navy :

The primary role of the Indian Navy is to secure India’s maritime borders and interests, not to mention India has a coastline of 7516 Kilometres. In addition to this, the Indian navy even safeguards and provide support to Country’s trade volume [95% of total trade ] that is moved by sea. The Indian navy also helps in providing assistance to Civil authority during disasters and calamities like floods, cyclone and Tsunami.

Motto of the Indian Navy:

शं नो वरुणः Meaning : May the Lord of the Oceans be auspicious unto us

Crest of the Indian Navy :

Crest of the Indian Navy

Insignia of Indian Navy :

Insignia of Indian Navy

Commands of the Indian Navy :

The headquarters of the Indian Navy is located at New Delhi which is headed by the Chief of the Naval Staff assisted by Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Personnel and Chief of Materiel. The Indian Navy is Organized into 3 Commands :

Sl. NO.  Command Location
1 Western Naval Command Mumbai
2 Eastern Naval Command Vishakapatnam
3 Southern Naval Command Kochi

Chief of the Naval Staff :

The Present chief of the Naval Staff is PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM Chief of the Naval Staff- admiral-Devendra-kumar-joshi-gomilitay.inAdmiral Devendra Kumar Verma. He has commanded INS Kuthar, INS Ranvir and INS Viraat. He is an Alumni of the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi.

Bases of the Indian Navy:

The navy has the following bases-

  1. Mumbai
  2. Vishakhapatnam
  3. Kochi
  4. Goa
  5. Lonavala
  6. Port-Blair
  7. Orissa
  8. Chennai
  9. Kolkata
  10. Jamnagar


  • Goa
  • Arkonamm


  • Goa shipyard
  • Calcutta Shipyard
  • Magazoari Dock

Ships and Submarines :

[ List not exhaustive ]


  • INS Arihant (Indigenous Nuclear Powered Submarine)
  • INS Chakra
  • INS Shalki


  • INS Maysore


  • INS Rajput
  • INS Gomati
  • INS Godavari
  • INS Ganga


  • INS Nilgiri


  • INS Bhatkal


  • INS Vikramaditya
  • INS Virat

Naval Ranks :

Rank Insignia of Indian Navy

Special Forces Unit of Indian Navy – MARCOS ( short for Marine Commandos )

Indian Navy Day – Celebrated on Dec 4 every year to mark the start of Operation Trident during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.