Updated: Mar 20, 2020
The naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam is one of the important dockyards in India,
after the Bombay (MUMBAI) dockyard.
Shortly, after the beginning of world war 1 in Europe.
The royal Indian navy set up a "boat repair workshop" in Visakhapatnam to support the Indian army units in Burma.
As part of the navy's initiative to set up coastal forces in several Indian coastal cities, the facility in Visakhapatnam was upgraded to include blacksmith and carpentry workshops, and machine tools, all of which were hosted abroad the naval base INS Circars.
The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for establishing a naval base and dockyard in Vizag.
In 1962, a new jetty and a workshop building were sanctioned, as well as the acquisition of 550 acres of land from the Port Trust. In 1972, the BRO was renamed as Naval Dockyard.
After the independence and the partition of India on 15 August 1947, the ships and personnel of the Royal Indian Navy were divided between the Dominion of India and the Dominion of Pakistan. The division of the ships was on the basis of two-thirds of the fleet to India, one third to Pakistan.
The Surface Fleet of the Navy was called Indian Fleet and was commanded by the Flag Officer Commanding Indian Fleet (FOCIF). The shore establishments on the eastern coast were headed by the Commodore East (COMEAST), a One-Star appointment. The FOCIF and COMCAST reported into the Chief of the Naval Staff.
The headquarters at Visakhapatnam is also a strategically important dockyard for two nuclear-powered submarines. Due to congestion and heavy shipping traffic, a new 20 square km base INS Varsha is being developed for exclusive naval use about 50 km south of Visakhapatnam.
The Eastern Navy fleet is distributed among its bases at Kolkata, Paradip, Tuticorin, Kakinada and Chennai on the east coast, and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Navy has opened its latest naval airbase, INS Baaz, at the southernmost tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to secure the strategically important Straits of Malacca, and another naval air station in Kolkata to base an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron.
Visakhapatnam Navy Quarters are filled with green lush.
The quarters are named as coastal batteries and each one of them is provided with a canteen to avail of the products.
The canteen provides all the services only to the naval officers or ex-naval officers and their families, who are the cardholders.
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