Explained: What is Blue Water Force?

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News:Recently,Indian Defence minister has said that the Indian Navy is the Formidable Blue Water Force.

Facts:

Classification of Navy:The Navies are classified in terms of the following colours:

  • A navy whose operations are restricted close to the shore where the water is muddy, is called a Brown Water Force. 
  • A navy that can go farther out is called a Green Water Force and then Blue Water Force 

About Blue water force:

  • A Blue Water force is one that has the capacity to project itself over a much bigger maritime area than its maritime borders.It means that the navy can go into the vast, deep oceans of the world. 
  • However,while most navies have the capacity to send ships into the deep oceans,a Blue Water Force is able to carry out operations far from its borders without being required to return to its home port to refuel or re-stock.
  • Since,the Indian Navy has the capacity to carry distant operations at or from the sea up to considerable distance from national shore bases,it qualifies as a Blue Water Force.