Why INS Jatayu, India’s new naval base in Lakshadweep, matters

Syllabus: GS-III, Subject: Internal Security, Topic: Border Management( Maritime Security), Issue: India’s new naval base in Lakshadweep

INS Jatayu:

  • Second naval base in Lakshadweep after INS Dweeprakshak in Kavaratti.
  • It will have additional infrastructure, including an airfield and housing.
  • The proposed airfield will allow operations for a range of aircraft, including the P8I maritime reconnaissance aircraft and fighter jets.


  • Enhances operational capability of the Navy in the region.
  • Bolster anti-piracy and anti-narcotics operations in the western Arabian Sea.
  • Crucial to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • Aligns with the government’s focus on comprehensive development of the islands.
Prelims connect (Lakshadweep Island):

·         An archipelago of 36 islands located between 220 km and 440 km from Kochi.

·         Only 11 of the Lakshadweep islands are inhabited, with a total area of 32 sq km.

·         Strategically positioned in the Indian Ocean, adjacent to the Maldives and the Chagos archipelago.

·         Minicoy Island is strategically located along vital Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs).

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