Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba commissions Marine Commandos’ base INS Karna

Jul 13, 2016 08:10 IST

INS KarnaChief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba on 12 July 2016 commissioned INS Karna in Vishakhapatnam.

INS Karma is a dedicated base for Marine Commandos (MARCOS), which is a Special Operation Forces of Indian Navy.

INS Karna is located on the premises of INS Kalinga near Bhimili.

Captain Varun Singh will be the Commanding Officer of INS Karna.


The Marine Commandos is the Special Forces Unit of the Indian Navy.

It was raised in February 1987 as the Indian Marine Special Force (IMSF).

It is capable of operating in all three dimensions, at sea, in air and on land.

It was created for conducting special operations such as Amphibious warfare, Close Quarter Combat Counter-terrorism, Special reconnaissance, Hostage rescue, Foreign internal defence, etc.

The unit is specially organised, trained and equipped for the conduct of special operations in a maritime environment.

They are specialised in maritime operations in Jammu and Kashmir through the Jhelum River and Wular Lake.

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