Indian Navy (IN) alias Bharatiya Nau Sena is the Naval branch of the armed forces of India whose history can be traced back to 1612. It is the world's fifth largest and reliable three dimensional force, capable of operating above, on and under surfaces of the oceans. Navy is responsible for the Defence and security of India's maritime interests. A fleet of submarines, destroyers, freights and other support vessels operate under the Indian Navy. The glorious and challenging career in Indian navy is entirely different from other professions. Besides giving an opportunity for the youngsters to display their leadership skills, this career bestows one with a tremendous amount of responsibility. It is a profession which gives a highest level of security and comfort that is almost unheard of in civilian life together with the chance to travel widely, meet new people and to enjoy warmth and amity. A career in Indian Navy offers immense facilities, a privileged lifestyle, a unique way of exploring ones life and of course, honour in serving the country. Earlier, Indian Navy was known as 'Honourable East India Company's Marine' and by 1686 the name of this force was changed to Bombay Marine, as the British commerce having shifted predominantly to Bombay. Later the force had varied names like Her Majesty's Indian Navy (in 1830), Her Majesty's Indian Marine (during 1863 to 1877) and Royal Indian Marine (in 1892). In 1934, the Royal Indian Marine was re-organised into the Royal Indian Navy and the prefix 'Royal' was dropped on 26 January 1950 with India being constituted as a Republic. The highest post in the Indian Navy is the position of the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS). CNS exercises operational and administrative control of the Indian Navy from Integrated Headquarters of MOD (Navy). He is assisted by the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) and three other Principal Staff Officers, namely the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS), the Chief of Personnel (COP) and the Chief of Material (COM). The Indian Navy operates three commands, each under the control of a Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief in the rank of Vice Admiral. The three Commands are: • The Western Naval Command (Headquarters at Mumbai). • The Eastern Naval Command (Head quarters at Visakhapatnam) • The Southern Naval Command (Headquarters at Kochi) The Western and the Eastern Naval Command are operational commands and exercise control over operations in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal respectively. The Southern Command is designed as the Training Command, operating on the Arabian Sea. Besides these, the navy has important bases in Kolkata and Goa. Women were inducted into the Indian navy for the first time in 1992, when twenty-two women were trained for education, logistics, and law cadres. Service conditions are same for men and women officers. A career in Indian navy is always in high demand as it is a profession which offers personal, financial, emotional security and status in the society. The Navy also offers attractive pay package, perks, life time pension, medical benefits for self and family. In fact, the experience that you gain in the Navy can help you shape your future through outstanding financial benefits, unparalleled career potential, and the lifestyle of freedom and personal growth that you’ve been waiting for. Besides, Navy has a dedicated organisation to give opportunities to its personnel for participation in all kinds of adventure activities (Para Sailing, Mountaineering, Scuba Diving, Hang Gliding, Skiing, water sports etc) and all kinds of sports activities. Officer and Sailor cadres are the major lines of work in the Indian Navy. One has to serve Indian Navy for a minimum period of 15 years as general sailor Or 20 years as Artificer Or 20 years as Officer. After that, they are qualified for a generous pension. Those who join Navy at 20 years of age, could choose to retire from service with an assured monthly pay check for the rest of your life by the age of 35 to 40. And even after retirement, one could enjoy the canteen and medical facilities as you did while in service.