Commands Of Indian Armed Forces: Indian Navy


With a motto of  " May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us" and the march of "Jai Bharti ", the Indian Navy is empowering India through maritime security and indigenization of India since 1612 ready to protect our maritime interests at any cost. Indian Navy has taken all mission ready in the sky and on the scene.

The Indian Armed Forces consist of three professional uniformed services: Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Forces. Additionally, they are supported by Indian Coastguard and Paramilitary Organizations. The president of India is the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Armed Forces are under the management of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Government of India. It is the world's 2nd largest military force, with the strength of over 1.4 million active personnel, and has the world's largest volunteer army. The Indian armed force is split into different groups based on their region of operation. We will discuss the commands of Indian Navy in this article.

The Indian Navy has divided administratively into Four tactical commands, each under the control of  Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of rank Vice Admiral.

INDIAN NAVY

WESTERN NAVAL COMMAND
The Western Naval Command (WNC) is the sword arm of the Indian Navy and naval operations conducted on the western seaboard would be central to the outcome of any conflict at sea against Pakistan. The western fleet is the two-star level operational formation of the Western Naval Command. The fleet at the WNC is based under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area (FOMA) and provides naval defence in the sensitive north Arabian Sea adjacent to Pakistan. INS Kadamba, a large naval base, was constructed under Project Seabird and completed in 2005. This naval base, at Karwar in Karnataka, is used exclusively by the Indian Navy. Mumbai is the Headquarters of Western Command. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC is the current Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy. 

EASTERN NAVAL COMMAND
The Eastern Naval Command has the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and the island chain of Andaman and Nicobar under its area of responsibility.

The FOC-in-C (East) is the submarine operating authority, under whom Commodore Commanding Submarines (East) [COMCOS (E)] operate. The 11th (Sindhughosh class submarine) and 8th (Foxtrot class) Submarine Squadrons operate under COMCOS (E). INS Virbahu, a submarine base commissioned on 19 May 1971, is the alma mater of the Indian Navy submariners. Visakhapatnam is the headquarters of Eastern Naval Command. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh PVSM, AVSM, is the current Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.

SOUTHERN NAVAL COMMAND
The Southern Naval Command is the Training Command of Indian Navy and is responsible for the training of all its personnel, both officers as well as sailors, from basic to advance stages. It has subsidiary units from Jamnagar in Gujarat to Lonavala in Maharashtra, Goa and in Orissa but the majority of training units are in Kochi. Kochi is the headquarters of Southern Naval Command.Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla AVSM VSM SM is currently serving as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command.

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR COMMAND

The Andaman and Nicobar Command is the first and only Tri-service theatre command of the Indian Armed Forces, based at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It was created in 2001 to safeguard India's strategic interests in Southeast Asia and the Strait of Malacca by increasing rapid deployment of military assets in the region. It provides logistical and administrative support to naval ships which are sent on deployment to East Asia and the Pacific Ocean. The Andaman and Nicobar Command manages Indian engagement with regional navies of Southeast Asia. It conducts bi-annual coordinated patrols (CORPATs) with the navies of Thailand and Indonesia, the annual SIMBEX maritime exercises with Singapore, and the biennial Milan multilateral naval exercises. The Command also patrols India's exclusive economic zone to suppress gun running, narcotics smuggling, piracy, and poaching and conducts maritime surveillance, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Andaman and Nicobar is the Headquarters of Andaman and Nicobar Command. Vice Admiral Bimal Verma AVSM is the Commander in Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command of Indian navy.

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