The Indian Navy’s Big Ambitions

The Indian Navy’s Big Ambitions


Two unrelated but important developments late last month highlighted the strides the Indian Navy is taking against a backdrop of a significant expansion aimed at meeting emerging maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean region.

On April 27, a stealth frigate, the INS Teg, was commissioned in Russia. Three days later, India’s latest naval base, INS Dweeprakshak (Island Protector) was put into operation at Kavaratti in Lakshadweep, a tiny island chain southwest of India’s southernmost tip. Although, India had had a small presence on the strategically important island chain for the past decade, the Navy’s decision to open a permanent base was prompted by nearby recent incidents of piracy. Indeed, the Navy has in recent years captured scores of pirates and foiled several attacks.

“The Indian Navy has been operating a detachment at Kavaratti since the early1980s,” the Navy said in a statement. “With the commissioning of INS Dweeprakshak, the island territories would see calibrated strengthening of assets in step with their growing relevance to the security calculus of the nation. A firmer footing in the islands, which are spread out astride some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, would provide the necessary wherewithal to the Indian Navy to discharge its responsibilities suitably.”

The establishment of the base is in keeping with an announcement made by Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Nirmal Verma at the end of last year, in which he noted that the Navy is also in the process of setting up so-called operational turnaround bases, forward operating bases and naval air enclaves along the coast with a view towards enhancing India’s surveillance efforts in the region.

“In 2011, the Navy has provided a renewed impetus and focus towards creation of operational and administrative infrastructure in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands,” Verma noted in December. “These islands are the country’s strategic outposts and augmentation of the facilities will enhance our reach and enable extended presence in the area.”

But it’s the INS Teg that gathered many of the headlines. The Teg will be followed by two more such stealth ships, to be inducted early next year. The 125 meter frigate displaces 4,000 tons and includes the BrahMos surface-to-surface missile system, a surface-to-air missile system, torpedo tubes and anti-submarine rockets. With its advanced weapons suite and sensors fully integrated with its combat management system, the ship is, in the Navy’s words, “well suited to undertake a broad spectrum of maritime missions.”

The commissioning of the Teg and the opening of a new naval base within days of each other, although technically unrelated, highlight the Indian Navy’s growing footprint in its broader area of influence, and its determination to boost its capabilities – especially in light of the recent stinging criticism of the military’s readiness dished out by the country’s army chief, Gen. V.K. Singh. The development of the Navy is seen as necessary to fulfill two roles: giving the country a blue water capability, while allowing it to effectively counter threats closer to its own shores.

March 23, 2013 at 04:17

Dear Marquez, 

 Thanks for the invitation.Yes,we will as we love Philippines along  with Burma,Thailand,Laos,Cambodia,Vietnam and Indonesia.We believe that the ASEAN provides a great platform for joint development and forward momentum towards the future and it has the right to stay its course free of bullying and coercion.We will do our part in providing whatever wee can to ensure that.  

[...] article was originally published by The Diplomat here. Synopsis: A new stealth frigate and naval base are the latest signs of India’s maritime [...]

Lauren Garza
August 17, 2012 at 10:53

I love reading these posts. Since the real conflict here is what's happening in multiple seas straits and oceans.  And what of Diego Garcia?

Major Lowen Gil Marquez, Phil Army
August 17, 2012 at 10:40

The India navy should have a strong maritime capabilities to protect its national territory and its sovereign interest along the vast Indian Ocean, in the future they can have a military exercise in the Philippines specially in the Western Philippine sea where the good naval maneuver were astonishing for both nation the Philippine and India armed forces.. Scarborough shoal and spratley island in western Philippine sea was a good spot for maritime reconnaissance exercises both for Airforce and Navy..

Dr. Craig Holoboski
August 17, 2012 at 10:00

During the workup for the 1960 Sino Indian Border War, the Central Committee's Standing Committee discussed the invasion of India and subsequent depolulation and moving millions of Chinese into India.  They build a super highway across western China so if they decided to go, they had a land route to move the large armies necessary.  When the monsoon fails, China is as Imperialistic as anyone on this Planet.

June 24, 2012 at 10:19

@India has never lost a war in 8,000 years. 
That is funny.  What is August 15, 1947?  I think it is India's Independence Day.

June 4, 2012 at 17:18

World must starts pulling out its businesses in China to stop the “BULLY-CHINESE” behavior… long live India!

June 4, 2012 at 08:03

China could be after our Superpower status. I know Chinese are very envious of India’s Superpowerdom. They would do anything to take it away from us. India has been the Superpower of the world since the days of Asoka the Great. We have never lost a war in 8,000 years. If China defeated India, she could take the Superpower title from us, like a boxer must defeat the current reigning world champion to be the next world champion. India must train hard day and night in order to defend it’s Superpowerhood from the hungry Chinese.

June 4, 2012 at 08:02

I just can’t understand why all the war talks between India and China. You have to ask your self, why would china want to invade india? for the extra population? or for the poverty?maybe they are after the lower education standerds? could it be for the non existant natural resources? these people arn’t stupid they would need a good reason and I cant think of one.

tsang kay check
June 1, 2012 at 18:59

yes impostor!

mao ketong
June 1, 2012 at 18:57


Duke Willie
May 30, 2012 at 09:59

My Nephew wedding commerative items were made in China.
Thank goodness for them,otherwise we will not be able to afford the wedding!
And I dare say,the cup and saucers are of excellent quality.
Only they can supply affordable quality stuffs at prices that people can afford.
So stop being a hypocrite.
I am sure your own house is stuffed choked with these items.

Luv all things Chinese
May 29, 2012 at 19:37

I can’t mate!
Chinese products are so good value and easy on the pockets.
Only they can make these everyday products so affordable and the quality is good and in many cases better then the others.
Thank you China for making our lives so much better without most of us having a deep pocket.

May 21, 2012 at 18:06

This game is getting old, India keeps playing the ‘don’t worry everybody, even our weapons come from outside’ card meanwhile they keep improving on their icbms and thorium tech.

When will the west wakeup, India is as much a threat as china.

May 16, 2012 at 01:00

Wake up.The Europeans esp the british have already taken more than half the world and called it USA,Canada,Australia and new Zealand not counting the Spainish and portuguse occupation of S.America.

A Ship Heading For The Rocks
May 14, 2012 at 02:49

With an economy that has been shrinking for many years which is not unsuprisingly reflected in its weakening rupee, all they can continue to boast is ambitions and further spending on unproductive guns, planes, ships, munitions and soldiers?

Looks like the government will continue to take food and milk away from the mouths of the struggling poor and cause further widening of the already huge chasm in income disparity in Indian society. This government is digging a bigger and bigger hole for its gave.

Expect the Maoists to continue to grow and grow. For that is where India is headng – REVOLUTION! Unbelievably irration, these megalomaniacal ambitions of its upper bourgeoise class.


John Chan
May 14, 2012 at 00:11

Nobody is threatening India, and India is the superpower. How about India takes half of those money fattening the rich western killing machine manufacturers to build infrastructure and storage for wheat instead of letting million tons of wheat rotten exposed in the south of India, so that the Indian poor can get fed?

May 13, 2012 at 16:42

Because China only have slogans that is why America is borrowing money from China.India should do the same.Borrow money from China.

duke chan
May 13, 2012 at 11:31

To save the World from WW III, please stop buying cheap craps from China. China needs to be weak and contained otherwise, someday China will claim 80% of the world (China does not want Africa because China already took all the natural sources they had in the last 20 years)

May 13, 2012 at 08:09

50 Cent wrote “The picture above is actual a Russian made ship”

How do you know that? The number on the ship? The style?

I thought the chinese could make exact copies of US goods, so why couldn’t India make the same of Russian?

Or are you part of the Chinese military and have seen this vessel in real life?

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