Ahoy there, the ships which make up the Indian Navy's fleet

Navy Day is celebrated each year on December 4 to commemorate the Indian Navy's attack on the Karachi harbour during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. A quick overview of the key arms of the world's fifth-largest navy

INS Delhi is one of the Indian Navy's best missile destroyers. Image source: Wikipedia

Delhi Class: These guided missile destroyers are the third-largest warships to be fully designed and built in India. Each ship can also support two helicopters, the Sea King or the HAL Dhruv. They were inducted into the navy between 1999 and 2001. Image courtesy: Wikipedia

INS Chakra is India's nuclear-powered attack submarine.

INS Chakra is India's first nuclear submarine, complementing the navy's carriers and destroyers. It carries a mixture of Torpedoes and Klub ant-ship missiles. The other submarines -- of the Sindhughosh and the Shishumar class -- are diesel-electric submarines. Image courtesy: Wikipedia

INS Arihant is the country's first indigenous nuclear submarine.

INS Arihant: The country's first indigenous nuclear submarine can launch nuclear weapons from underwater. The 6,000-tonne submarine, which can carry ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads was inducted into the navy a few months ago.

Kolkata Class: The ships of this group, guided missile destroyers named after major port cities of India.


Kolkata Class: The ships of this group, guided missile destroyers named after major port cities of India -- Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai, were commissioned between 2014 and 2016. The design is an improved version of the Delhi-class destroyers. A destroyer is a surface warship which usually escorts larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group. Image courtesy: Wikipedia

Rajput Class: These guided missile destroyers were built in the former Soviet Union after considerably modifying the Kashin design.

Rajput Class: These guided missile destroyers were built in the former Soviet Union after considerably modifying the Kashin design. They were the first to deploy the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile systems. They are used in anti-aircraft and anti-submarine warfare against submarines, low-flying aircraft, and cruise missiles. Image courtesy: Wikipedia

A MiG-29K performs a landing on INS Vikramaditya.

Aircrafts and helicopters: The air-arm is a major strength of the Indian Navy. It includes MiG-29K jets that operate from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and helicopters operating from Vikramaditya and INS Viraat. The aircraft and helicopters in this formidable fleet include Hawk AJT, Boeing P-8I, Seaking, Kamov, Advanced Light Helicopter Chetak, UAV Heron, UAV Searcher and the Dornier 228. Image courtesy: Wikipedia

INS Vikramaditya is the newest and largest ship and aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy.

INS Vikramaditya: The newest and largest ship and aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy was acquired by India from Russia in 2013. Its sensors are considered powerful enough to prevent it from being tracked by powerful airborne radar systems.

The Indian Navy has 14 frigates -- ships generally lighter than a destroyer.

Frigates: The Indian Navy has 14 frigates -- ships generally lighter than a destroyer, whose main role is to protect other ships of the fleet. The Shivalik-class and Talwar-class are multi-role frigates while Brahmaputra-class and Godavari-class are the guided missile frigates. Image courtesy: Wikipedia

The Kamorta class of corvettes is primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare.

Corvettes: These are the smallest category of naval warships. Vessels belonging to Kora, Khukri and Veer class are deployed for surface warfare, Abhay class for coastal patrol and anti-submarine ops, while the Kamorta class is primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare. Image courtesy: Wikipedia