December 2, 2005


India to get over 60 warships (Times of India, December 02, 2005)

Admiral Arun Prakash, the Indian Navy chief, on Friday said the role played by his force in mounting relief operations after tsunami had led to greater respect for the nation and a desire among other naval powers to forge closer ties with New Delhi. [...]

The swiftness with which it had mobilised 32 warships, 30 aircraft and over 5,000 personnel for the operations had established the navy as a "powerful instrument of state policy", he remarked.

After having conducted joint exercises during this year with the navies of US, Russia and France, the Indian Navy had signed pacts with Thailand and Indonesia to carry out coordinated patrols in regional waters.

"We also have good ties with the navies of Singapore and Vietnam and are in the process of establishing closer ties with Myanmar and Malaysia," Prakash said.

The navy chief also disclosed that his force had ordered 27 warships ranging from patrol boats to frigates and had "in-principle" clearance from the government for 36 more vessels.

"There is probably no other navy with a shipbuilding programme of such magnitude," he said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2005 6:21 AM

So, America no longer needs a navy, since naval power is an obsolete concept, but if India doubles the size of its navy, that's a GOOD idea ?

The CIA of the 90s did exactly what you think the U.S. Navy ought to do, i.e., move away from local contacts and deployed personnel to satellite and other electronic intel gathering. That's similar to your concept that we should just fire cruise missiles from U.S. bases when a show of force is needed, not send in crewed, carrier-based aircraft, and look how well that long-range, hands-off concept turned out for the CIA.

Also, the "navy" of Singapore ?

What does that consist of, two brown-water cutters ?

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at December 2, 2005 12:55 PM


No, it's a terrible idea. But people are always impressed by naval strength. It will be nice to have an Indian coast guard though.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 12:57 PM

Someone will need to use ships to clean up the rusting metal land bridge left between the mainland & Taiwan should China ever attempt an invation.

Posted by: Timothy at December 3, 2005 2:22 AM