This post must begin on Navy Day which falls on 4th December with a statement of import, though the media has been less excited about Navy Week in its dissemination as its election time.
This is the Era of MARITIMIZATION and Navies world over are being beefed up and India cannot afford to lag as Navies are capital intensive and need long term planning. Indian Navy tries it best but delays, cost overruns and casualmess by MOD have plagued its expansion but has cut its coat well with the cloth given to it, and flown India’s flag high in over two score International and Tri Service exercises and HADR. The year 2018 was a more or less accident free, unlike other Navies. So it deserves a BZ on Navy Day !
The Navy has done with just 14% of the Defence Budget 2018-19 at Rs 40,4195 crores from a total of Rs 295,511 crores ($42.7Bill), only 1.4% of India’s GDP. The Air Force got 22%, the Army 52%. India’s maritime security needs more teeth, and larger budget allocations in the coming years. Before Army and Air Force feathers get ruffled IDF must explain. Continue reading