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Indian Navy
Bhāratīya Nau Senā
Indian Navy crest.svg
Indian Navy crest
Founded 1612; 410 years ago (1612)
Country India
Type Navy
Size 67,228
Part of Indian Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy)
Motto(s) शं नो वरुणः (Sanskrit)
Sham No Varuna(IAST)
May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us (English)
Colours Navy blue, white
March Jai Bharti (Victory to India)
Anniversaries Navy Day: 4 December
Operational fleet
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, AVSM
Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS) Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM
Naval Ensign Naval Ensign of India.svg
Aircraft flown
Fighter MiG-29K
Helicopter HAL Dhruv, Kamov Ka-28, Kamov Ka-31, Sea King Mk.42C, UH-3 Sea King
Patrol Boeing P-8 Poseidon Ilyushin Il-38
Reconnaissance IAI Heron, IAI Searcher Mk II
Trainer BAE Hawk, HAL HJT-16

The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star Admiral, commands the navy.

The Indian Navy traces its origins back to the East India Company's Marine which was founded in 1612 to protect British merchant shipping in the region. In 1793, the East India Company established its rule over eastern part of the Indian subcontinent i.e. Bengal, but it was not until 1830 that the colonial navy was titled as Her Majesty's Indian Navy. When India became a republic in 1950, the Royal Indian Navy as it had been named since 1934 was renamed to Indian Navy.

The primary objective of the navy is to safeguard the nation's maritime borders, and in conjunction with other Armed Forces of the union, act to deter or defeat any threats or aggression against the territory, people or maritime interests of India, both in war and peace. Through joint exercises, goodwill visits and humanitarian missions, including disaster relief, Indian Navy promotes bilateral relations between nations.

As of 1 July  2017 (2017 -07-01), 67,228 personnel are in service with the Indian Navy. As of January 2018, the operational fleet consists of one aircraft carrier, one amphibious transport dock, eight landing ship tanks, 11 destroyers, 14 frigates, one nuclear-powered attack submarine, one ballistic missile submarine, 14 conventionally-powered attack submarines, 22 corvettes, four mine countermeasure vessels, four fleet tankers and various other auxiliary vessels.

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