INS JATAYU (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Security)

News-CRUX-10     4th March 2024        

Context: A small naval base INS Jatayu will be commissioned at Minicoy on March 6, as part of the government's plan to incrementally boost military presence and security infrastructure in the Arabian Sea.

INS Jatayu

  • Strategic Naval Base: INS Jatayu becomes the second Naval base in Lakshadweep after INS Dweeprakshak in Kavaratti.
  • Enhancing Navy's Presence: Commissioning of INS Jatayu strengthens Indian Navy's foothold in Lakshadweep islands, extending operational surveillance, reach, and sustenance.
  • Capacity Building and Development: Its establishment ushers in a new era of capacity building and comprehensive development of the island territories.
  • Security Infrastructure: The event signifies a crucial milestone in the Navy’s commitment to augment security infrastructure at the strategically vital Lakshadweep Islands.

Significance of the Naval Detachment

  • Enhanced Operational Capability: Basing an independent Naval unit with necessary infrastructure and resources enhances the overall operational capability of the Indian Navy in the islands.
  • Expanded Operational Reach: The base facilitates Indian Navy’s operational efforts towards Anti-Piracy and Anti-Narcotics Operations in the Western Arabian Sea, serving as the first responder and improving connectivity with the mainland.

Minicoy Islands

  • Location: Minicoy Island, the southernmost tip of Lakshadweep, rests 398 kilometers (215 nautical miles) southwest of Kochi, India.
  • Dimensions and Proximity: With a land area of 4.80 square kilometers, Minicoy boasts one of the largest lagoons in Lakshadweep. 
  • Lies between: The island neighbors the bustling 9° Channel, a crucial shipping route, and lies approximately 130 kilometers north of the Maldivian archipelago.