How Indian Navy Name Their Ships- INS Chennai, INS Mumbai, etc.

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Ever wondered how Indian Navy name their ships, INS Chennai, INS Kolkata, INS Delhi, INS Mysore. Why Indian Navy name their ships on the name of the cities of India? Most of the people have this question.

Indian Navy doesn’t just name the ship whatever they want to, it’s a complete procedure to even name the ship. The discipline in the Indian Navy make it very organized and capable wing of the Indian Armed Forces. Discipline is like the culture of Indian Navy, without following rules and regulation it cannot survive.

Indian Navy’s vessels mostly share the name of great kings and cities of India. There is one more thing which confuses most of the people, and that is the meaning and full form of INS. INS stand for Indian Navy Ship.

INS Chakra, the nuclear-powered submarine of Indian Navy
INS Chakra, the nuclear-powered submarine of Indian Navy

Indian Navy selects the name of the ships and submarine by the consent of many people. Unlike United States Navy who name their carriers on the name of their presidents like USS Carl Vinson, USS Ronald Reagan, and name their submarines on the name for their states.

Indian Naval Ships names are decided by a committee called Internal Nomenclature Committee at the Defence Ministry. The Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff(Policy & Plans) head the Internal Nomenclature Committee. The INC has representatives from the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Surface Transport and the historical department of Defence Minister.

Name, Crest and Motto of Newly Commissioned Ship of Indian Navy, INS Chennai
Name, Crest and Motto of Newly Commissioned Ship of Indian Navy, INS Chennai

The INC have guidelines to follow, they have to get their recommendations approved by the Naval Chief. The approval includes Names, motto of war vessels and crests. The recommendations also need the approval of the Commander in Chief, the President of India.

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