The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces- the other two forces included in safeguarding the country is the Indian Army and Indian Air Forces. The President of India is the supreme commander of the Indian Navy, while the chief of Naval staff commands the Navy.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle, Maratha Emperor, is considered as ‘The Father of the Indian Navy’. Indian Navy day is celebrated on 4th December every year to recognize the achievement and role of the Indian Navy in the country.
The primary objective of the Indian Navy is to protect the country’s maritime borders and help in the expansion of its forces. The naval body, whose establishment can be traced back to the 17th century, is bestowed with various responsibilities. From defeating threats to indigenous systems and weapons, the Indian Navy operates above on, and under the surface of the ocean to help create a secure maritime environment.
Every year, various job opportunities are made available in the Indian Navy. To be eligible for several Indian Navy jobs, you need a mandatory 12th + qualification from any government recognized board or University.
There are two methods for applying in Indian Navy are
- NDA- National Defence Academy
- Indian Naval Academy Entry
There are further two types of post entry in the Indian Navy- one is the Officer Entry and another is the Sailor Entry.
To get selected In Indian Navy the candidates have to also undergo to Medical/ Physical Test requirement, includes
- Physical Test- PFT will consist of of1.6 km run to be completed in 7 minutes, 20 squats, and 10 Push-ups. Those who qualify preliminary screening are permitted to undergo PFT and only those who qualify PFT undergo Medical Examination.
- Physical Traits- It includes a minimum height of 157 cm with proportionate body weight, depending on the age and height of the candidates. He should also have a proportionate chest with a minimum expansion capability of 0.5 cms.
- Medical Eye vision test is also undertaken, corrected vision should be 6/6.
- To join the Navy, the candidate must be a Legal Permanent Resident, be between the ages of 17 and 39 to enlist or be between 19 and 42 to become an Officer.
Indian Navy has its operational and training bases in Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Andaman Nicobar Islands. These bases are intended for various purposes such as logistics and maintenance support, ammunition support, air station hospitals, MARCOS bases, coastal defense, missile defense, submarine and missile boat bases, forward operating bases.
Of these INS Shivaji is one of the oldest naval bases in India. Commissioned in February 1945 as HMIS Shivaji, it now serves as the premier Technical Training Establishment (TTE) of the Indian Navy.
If you decide to go for the naval career it will stand you in very good stead for civil employment. The Navy maintains, trains, and equips combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining the freedom of the seas. So go join hands with the Indian navy and serve for the Nation Welfare.