Vessels of the Indian Navy

by Guest Author on May 22, 2013

Many of us have heard know about the aircrafts & helicopters of Air Force and guns, rifles, tanks, missiles of Army. But, other than submarines how many of us, know about the ships or vessels of Navy. I bet, only few of us. So, if you are interested to know about the vessels of a Navy and you are not able to find suitable article regarding that, then your search ends here. Read the article below to find out something new.

Aircraft Carrier: An aircraft carrier is a large naval vessel or ship having a long deck or run way on which an aircraft or helicopter can take off or land at sea. It acts as a seagoing airbase which allows naval forces to launch air missions without being dependent on the airbases at land. India currently operates 1 aircraft carrier INS Viraat. Indigenously made INS Vikrant will be deployed in August-2013

ins viraat

Submarine: Submarines are the naval vessels that are capable of operating submerged in the sea for long periods. Submarines are designed for warfare and these are armed with various types of torpedoes or guided missiles.

Submarines are especially used to infiltrate enemy sea without being detected and destroy the major ships of the enemies. India operates 1 nuclear and 14 conventional powered submarines.

ins chakra

Battleship:  Battleships are the class of warships of largest size that are heavily armoured and are equipped with most powerful armaments. Battleships have large number of weapons along with high caliber guns.

Cruiser: A cruiser is type of high-speed, long range warship with long cruising radius. Cruisers are armed with medium or less caliber firepower, weapons and armor than a battleship. They are intermediate between the aircraft carrier and the destroyer.

Destroyer: A destroyer is a fast warship which is heavily armed with torpedoes, depth charges and guided missiles.  The sole purpose of destroyer is to escort larger vessels and defend them against attackers.  As its name suggests, it destroys the enemy ships or vessels.  It is smaller than a cruiser and a battleship. Indian Navy operates 8 destroyers.

Frigate: Frigates are the naval vessels ranging in size between destroyer and a cruiser armed with guided missiles and used as an escort for aircraft carrier. It is also used for shore bombardment and other combat functions. Indian Navy operates 15 frigates.

Corvette: it is a fast, lightly armed warship which is generally smaller than a destroyer and larger than a coastal patrol craft often armed for antisubmarine operations and other combat operations. Indian Navy operates 24 corvettes.

Amphibious Warships: Amphibious Warship is a warship which is designed to transport and support the ground forces on enemy territory during an amphibious assault.

Amphibious Transport Dock: It is an amphibious warfare ship that transports the troops or weapons from a base and lands them into a war zone by sea when deployed for operations away from the bases at home or abroad.

Landing Ship Tank: It is a naval vessel which is used to transport large number of vehicles, cargo and troops directly to the shore.

Mine Countermeasure Vessels: Mine Countermeasure Vessels, also called as MCMV is a type naval ship which combines the role of a minesweeper and a minehunter in one vessel. It is designed to locate and destroy the naval mines deployed by the enemies. Indian Navy operates 7 mine countermeasure vessels.

Patrol Vessels: These are the small naval vessels and are used for patrolling the coastal area and to stop the law-breaking activities like smuggling, piracy and stopping illegal immigrants to enter the area. Patrol boats are also used in rescue operation. Indian Navy operates 30 patrol vessels.

Auxiliary Vessels:  These are the naval ships which are designed to operate in various number of roles supporting other combat ships. Auxiliary ships can be used to support combats ships in the form of support ships, training vessels, survey vessels, tugboats, etc.


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vivek May 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thank you so much sir!
important information.


eswaran December 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

Really thanks a lot for providing your valuable knowledge to us definitely it will make us to achieve our goal in my defence .


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