Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, has rightly said,” To be secure on Land, we must be Supreme at Sea”. This famous saying always reminds us that we are primarily a Maritime Nation. A strong navy is an integral part of the same.
India has a coastline of about 7500 km and an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of more than 2 million sq kms. In addition, we have been given a wealth of marine resources that cover many of the islands and a large area of the sea bed. More than 97% of our national trade is carried by sea routes! We must protect our natural resources and keep our trade routes open for development. Therefore, it is important that India maintains a strong Navy that remains in the state of readiness.
The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. With 55,000 men and women, including 5,000 naval personnel and 2,000 Marine Commandos (MARCOS), it is the fifth-largest military force in the world. The Indian Navy currently operates more than 155 ships, including the airline INS Viraat.
India uses its navy to enhance its international relations through joint exercise, port visits, and humanitarian activities, including disaster relief. The Indian Navy amplifies its power as a real ocean liner; the doctrine of the Indian Navy states that this is for the benefit of all nations.
In times of stress and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. The Navy is regularly called to rescue and relief services. No wonder then, that the Indian Navy is important to all of us. And that also explains why the public holds extreme love for the Navy, its officers and sailors.