& NICOBAR ISLANDS
provided a temporary maritime base for ships of the Marathas in the 17th
century. An initial attempt by the British to set up a colony in the islands
was abandoned after only a few years (1789–1796). A second attempt from 1858
proved to be more permanent. The British used the islands as an isolated
prison for members of the Indian independence movement.
were nominally put under the authority of the Arzi Hukumate Azad Hind of
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Netaji visited the islands during WW II, and
renamed them "Shaheed" (Martyr) & "Swaraj"
(Self-rule). On 22 February 1944 he arrived at Lambaline airport of Port
Blair. The islands were reoccupied by British and Indian troops of the 116
Indian Infantry Brigade on 7 October 1945.
At the independence of both India (1947) and Burma (1948), the departing British announced their intention to resettle all Anglo-Indians and Anglo-Burmese on the islands to form their own nation, but this never materialized. It became an Indian union territory (UT) in 1950.
The emblem of
the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a logo composed of the
Asoka-capital and the name of the territory in coloured lettering on a black
(2011) there is also an achievement:
Andaman & Nicobat Islands fantasy coin
Showing the achievement of
Arms: A palm tree
Crest: A disk charged with a Dharma Chakra and two
national flags in saltire
Supporters: Two sea lions
Title: ANDAMAN NICOBAR ISLANDS
there is also an emblem in the form of a seal: 
Emblem: Argent, three waves of the sea Azureand a
palm tree on the dexter side Vert, in chief a sun radiating Or, charged with
the national emblem and in base a shell Argent.
Surrounded with a ring of pearls and the caption of the name of the territory in Devanagiri
an Latin script, separated by 2´4 sea cows (Sirenia - Tethytheria Paenungulata) proper
Æ See illustration in the head of
The coat of
arms of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands shows the golden initials of the
service on a red background, surrounded by the name of the service in golden lettering
on a blue bordure. The arms are crested with the Asoka capital, being the
emblem of India and is surrounded by a golden garland. Below is the motto of
the republic in devanagiri on a red ribbon.
and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the first and only tri-service theater
command of the Indian Armed Forces, based at Port Blair in
the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, It was created in 2001 to safeguard
India's strategic interests in Southeast Asia and the Strait
of Malacca by increasing rapid deployment of military assets in the
region. It provides logistical and administrative support to naval ships
which are sent on deployment to East Asia and the Pacific Ocean. 
Seal: Gules, a base of four fesses wavy and the map of the Islands and the
emblem of the Indian TRI-service Or in chief.
Caption: ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR COMMAND in golden
lettering on a white ring.
© Hubert de Vries 2009-09-21. Updated