Indian Navy as a blue-water navy
Indian Navy as being a blue-water navy
Once India’s former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had said “To be safe on land, we must be supreme at sea”. Much has been said about the Indian Navy’s blue water aspirations over time. However a number of experts have already described the Indian Navy as being a blue-water navy and the intentions of developing blue-water capabilities were outlined under the 2007 Maritime Capabilities Perspective Plan. In the recent times India has built one of the largest and most powerful navies in the world with an indication towards major possibilities of further growth. It has 2 conventional Aircraft carriers, 1 amphibious transport dock, 50 Frigates, Destroyers and Corvettes one nuclear-powered and14 conventionally-powered attack submarines and a many other naval ships including around 100 armed patrol ships with the Indian Coast Guards.
Why Blue Water Capabilities?
Ability to operate across the deep waters of open oceans along with the maritime expeditionary capabilities is required to be a Blue Water Navy. Blue Water capability is required to project the power of India’s area of strategic interest in the Indian Ocean.
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