The day is widely known to respect the Indian Navy’s counter-attack operational Trident during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971
The Indian Navy Day is observed on December 4, once a year to recognize the efforts and achievements of the Indian Navy operating Trident conducted during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.
The Indian Navy was established in 1612 by the Malay Archipelago Company. On December 3, 1971, Pakistan launched an attack on Indian airbases during the India-Pakistan war. Countering the attack, the Indian navy had sent 3 missile boats INS Veer, INS Nipat, and INS Nirghat, Vidyut-class boats towards Karachi at maximum speed. During this operation, the Indian Navy sank 3 Pakistan navy ships. Commodore Kasargod Patnashetti Gopal Rao was the one who led the attack that sank the ships in Karachi.
This year, the Navy plans to celebrate the theme Swarnim Vijay Varsh to celebrate the 50th anniversary of India’s victory within the 1971 war. The success of the Indian navy was celebrated by the entire country. Social media is flooded with posts with people talking about this victory as an indication of tribute to the navy and creating awareness about the difficulties faced by the crew then.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted:
“Greetings on Navy Day. We are happy with the exemplary contributions of the Indian navy. Our navy is widely respected for its professionalism and outstanding courage. Our navy personnel has always been at the forefront of mitigating crises like natural disasters.”
President of India Ram Nath Govind tweeted, “On Navy Day, greetings to any or all Navy personnel, veterans and their families. Besides safeguarding maritime security and protecting our interests within the sea, our Navy also played a stellar role in dealing with the Covid-19 related crisis. Indians remain grateful for your service.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has tweeted, “On this big day commemorating Indian Navy’s daring ‘Operation Trident’ during #1971War, my greetings and best wishes to any or all personnel of this outstanding force which continues to shield our National Interest through Maritime Security.