The Indian Navy – An Overview

by Uday Kumar on July 2, 2012

The Indian Navy is a well balanced and cohesive three dimensional force, capable of operating above, on and under surface of the oceans effectively safeguarding our national interests.

The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) exercises operational and administrative control of the Indian Navy from Integrated Headquarters of Ministry ofย Defense, New Delhi. He is assisted by the Vice Chief of Naval Staff and three other Principal Staff Officers, namely the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, the Chief of Personnel and the Chief of Material.

The navy has the following three primary commands, each under the control of a Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief:

  • The Western Naval Command (HQ – Mumbai)
  • The Eastern Naval Command (HQ – Visakhapatnam)
  • The Southern Naval Command (HQ – Kochi)

The Western and Eastern Naval Command are operational commands and exercise control over operations in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, respectively besides the designated areas of Indian Ocean Region. The Southern Naval Command is designated as the Training Command.

The cutting edge of the Indian Navy are its two Fleets, namely the Western Fleet based in Mumbai and the Eastern Fleet based in Visakhapatnam. Besides the fleets, there are flotillas based at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Port Blair which provide Local Naval Defense in the respective region. Naval Ships are also based at other ports along the east coast and west coast of India and the Island territories thus ensuring continued naval presence in the areas of national interest.

Further, there are various Naval Officer-In-Charge (NOIC), under each command, responsible for the Local Naval Defence of Ports under their respective jurisdictions.

I hope you got an idea about the Indian Navy if you did not know these already. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

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debanjana baishya July 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

who is the chief of the naval staff?


Uday Kumar July 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Dear Debanjana, presently Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma is the Chief of the Naval Staff !! He will retire in Aug and will hand over to Vice Admiral D K Joshi who will then become Admiral…


Ramprasad.R July 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

kumar sir,
Thank you for organisational structure ….
please explain about the structures in JCO level.
How many sailors will leaded by a sub lieutant. What will be the name of that group …and how many sub lieutant come under lieutant… So o


Uday Kumar July 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Dear Ramprasad, unlike Army , the Navy does not have such a system/ regimental system.

debanjana baishya July 3, 2012 at 5:43 am

thank u so much sir for your valuable information ๐Ÿ™‚


Ramprasad.R July 4, 2012 at 4:08 am

Thank you sir.


manpreet pannu August 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hello sir,
I have completed MCA with 65%. My date of birth is 7-6-1988. Am I eligible for SSC logistics sep-oct 2012?


aayush shah November 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Dear Sir,

As the mail send by really helps me a lot, but on the part of discussion i would like to tell you that i have attended SSB for 3 times in which in the first attempt i was screened out and in the other two i was conference out.
i am not knowing exactly that where i am getting wrong. So far with my past experience of the previous two ssb’s i am thinking that i am not performing well in my psychology test. My stories were not very well written and the thing i did was that in many of the stories i have make an hero with an engineering graduate as i am an engineering graduate. In my WAT test also my sentences were very simple . So i would like to have some tips for my psychology test.

Thank you ,

Aayush Shah.


Amit February 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm

sir please give me your contact info
i want to contact you i have many question in my mind
so i want to clear all that
please sir


asif ali April 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I am a 3rd year b tech student and my 3rd year final exams are on may 2013.
and after 4th year will start from july 2013 onwards.
So,my doubt is …..Can i eligible for indian army TGC-118 which is commencing on july 2014…???????????


ashish ruhil April 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Sir i want to join armed forces as an officer


Asif Ali Khan September 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

sir, what type of questions we can expect in navy UES entry campus interview…????


Sahil Vashisht October 9, 2013 at 1:14 am

i was wearing braces some 2-3 months back and now they have beeen removed but have been replaced by a thin metal wire to support the correct shape so that do not get out of shape all of a sudden…
so i wanted to ask whether this’ll be a cause of rejection in my medicals of tes30 ssb..?


A Hridai Kiran January 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Hi Sir,
Thank you for guiding many people like me in the right way.

I am a final year dual degree student in IIT Madras in the Department of Naval Architecture. I have been selected by interview board (Naval Selection Team) who came for our campus recruitment under the SNAES entry. (Short Service Commission) (For the Post of Sub – Lieutenant Officer)
I have to attend the medical tests in the month of March. I have mild asthma and rarely use the inhaler (once in 2 months) but i will not have any problem while running or swimming.
Sir, i want to know whether it will cause disqualification.

Awaiting your reply….

Thank You,
Hridai Kiran,
IIT Madras.


shivam singh tomar June 13, 2014 at 11:51 pm

sir i am having deviated nasal septum can i join NDA after having surjery


Animesh March 16, 2015 at 9:30 am

Dear Sir,
I’m in my 2nd year of engineering and am considering joining the Indian navy after my graduation. I’ve been researching extensively as to what life is like and i love what I’ve found. There’s one thing that’s scaring me though, which is the training at INA. I’m not afraid of the rigorous training and the tight schedule, what scares me is the instances of bullying that they’ve reported in the news. I do not know if any of this is true or not which is why I’d like to know how life is in the INA.
ps- sorry for such a long message



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