The Indian Navy day is celebrated on 4 December every year to recall Operation Trident during the Indo-Pak war 1971.The Indian Navy is a wing of the Armed Forces of India. The Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy is the President Of India. The Indian Navy runs under the command of the Chief of the Naval Staff, who is a four-star admiral. The current Chief of Naval Staff of the India Navy is Admiral Karambir Singh. 4 December, Indian Navy Day, will always be considered as one of the most important days in Indian history.
The Indian Navy has come out with various concrete plans to bring in big data analytics as well as Artificial Intelligence capabilities to find appropriate solutions for naval combat, logistics and many other key areas of focus such as operational readiness, capability enhancement, operational logistics and infrastructure etc.
The reorganisation of the Indian navy for improved operational efficiency and optimal manning has helped finalise the long term road map of the Indian Navy.
A structured multi-pronged plan is going to be pursued in order to harness the national capabilities and help in enhancing the support structures. The efforts of the Indian Navy will be supplementing the other government agencies' efforts, as well as the private sector. The research and development efforts that take place in the maritime sector also include The Science and Technology Roadmap (2015-2035)and the Indian Naval Indigenisation Plan (2015-2027).
There are various plans of the Indian Navy with its goal of having a fleet of over 200 ships and 500 aircrafts and becoming a World-Class Navy by the year 2050. The period of building up the fleet will be spread over the period of a decade. Some ships that have been under construction and will be the replacements for the phased-out ships. The commencement of the construction of Indian Navy's third aircraft carrier will happen within the period of three years from now and the other approvals for programs such as building 6 conventionally powered Project, 75 Submarines using Air Independent Propulsion (AIP).
The Indian Navy is planning to have more than 200 ships as well as about 500 aircrafts by the end of the 14th 5-year Plan (2019). Apart from their existing mission to secure both the sea flanks in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the Navy is going to be capable to respond to any emergency situations that may arise away from the mainland.
A new amphibious warfare facility is going to be set up at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh because of which the Marine Assault capabilities of the Indian Navy will be enhanced.
Phase II of the expansion of INS Kadamba (Third largest Naval Base in India near Karwar in Karnataka) has been started. This Phase includes the expansion of the berthing facilities so as to accommodate around 40–45 more front-line warships which will also include INS Vikramaditya, the aircraft carrier of India to help in raising the manpower to about 300 officers as well as 2,500 sailors. Also, to construct a naval air station with a runway that is 6,000 foot long.
Phase II will be followed by Phase IIA and IIB which will lead to INS Kadamba being able to base about 50 front-line warships. The Navy is also currently involved in the construction process of a new Naval Base, INS Varsha at Rambili for the purpose of keeping the Arihant Class submarines.
India is planning to build some aircraft carriers. The first will be the INS Vikrant, expected to be launched by 2019 end. Thereafter, INS Vikrant will be undergoing extensive sea trials and the commissioning of the ship is planned to be held in the year 2021. The INS Vikrant is capable of operating over 40 aircrafts.
The second will be the INS Vishal which will displace over 65,000 tonnes of sea waters and the expected delivery is by late 2030s. With the INS Vishal, the goal of the Indian Navy is to have three aircraft carriers which will include two fully operational carriers and the third in refit.
The Indian Navy is also in the process of acquisition of various surface combatants such as Visakhapatnam-class destroyers, Project 17A-class and Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates, ASW shallow water corvettes, ASW corvettes and MCM vessels.
New submarine types include:
The Kalvari class, Project 75I, and the nuclear Arihant class.
New auxiliary ships include the five Replenishment Oilers, Missile Range Instrumentation Ship and an Ocean Surveillance Ship.
The Indian Navy has plans to buy 22 General Atomics Sea Guardian drones which will cost around $2 billion. at an estimated cost of $2 billion.
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