|Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands|
Floating Dock Navy (FDN-1) at INS Jarawa
|Controlled by||Indian Navy|
|Occupants||Andaman and Nicobar Command|
INS Utkrosh is an adjacent naval air station. INHS Dhanvantari is a naval hospital on the base. A Floating Dock Navy (FDN-1) of nearly 40,000 tonnes is also operated to dock a large number of vessels under the A&N Command. A second, smaller floating dock (FDN-2) was also ordered in 2010.
After the 1962 Sino-Indian War, the Navy was tasked with the defence of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Preparations for setting up naval establishments on the islands started in November 1962. In mid 1963, the first naval garrison of 5 officers and 156 sailors arrived in Port Blair. After the Seaward class defense boats were deployed to the islands, a maintenance and repair facility was created to support these small craft. INS Jarawa was then commissioned in 1964 as the base to oversee all naval operations on the islands. The base is named for the indigenous adivasi Jarawa tribe of the Andaman islands.
INS Magar, an amphibious warfare ship, was the first major vessel to have INS Jarawa as its home port. Construction of a naval wharf for the base started in 1968. Comprehensive ship repair facilities were commissioned at the base in 1979.
On November 6 2002, the 180 meter long floating drydock FDN1 sank off Port Blair in the Andaman Islands on 24 meters, leaving only the dock crane tops visible. SVITZER Salvage was instructed to re-float the drydock. A SVITZER Salvage Team from Singapore and The Netherlands, aided by special Salvage vessel PERDANA SAKTI, prepared the drydock. A smooth and controlled three-day operation saw it safely back afloat. She was returned to her owners, The Indian Navy, on 15 February 2003.