Today, Indian Navy Day is observed to commemorate the 1971 Indian-Pakistan War on the port of Karachi by Indian Navy ships. This day is also remembered for its selfless devotion to the country for the Bravehearts of the Indian Navy. Continue reading for the theme, importance, and history of Indian Navy Day 2020.
History of Indian Navy Day 2020
On the evening of December 3, during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, Pakistan launched an attack on Indian airbases. The 25th Missile Vessel Squadron sent three missile ships – Nirghat, Veer, and Nipat – at full speed towards Karachi in response to Pakistan’s attack. These missile boats targeted Pakistani boats until midnight, 4 December. The Indian Navy sunk Pakistani Destroyer, Khaiber, Minesweeper, and Venus Challenger in the action known as Operation Trident.” It also killed hundreds of Pakistani navy personnel and damaged the Kiamaris oil fields. India dealt a heavy blow to Pakistan with the valiant efforts of the Indian Navy. The best thing about Operation Trident is that the Indian side did not sustain any damage during this time.
Importance of Indian Navy Day 2020
India is marking the 50th anniversary of its victory over Pakistan this year in the 1971 war. The country pays homage to the Bravehearts of the Navy who laid down their lives in the line of duty and those who still serve the nation selflessly on the occasion of Indian Navy Day. Over the years, the Indian Navy has carried out many operations, including those aimed at saving Indian civilians. Operation Samudra Setu, to repatriate Indian people from overseas by sea during the COVID-19 pandemic, was launched this year.
Theme of Indian Navy Day 2020
To celebrate Navy Day a different theme is proposed each year. “Indian Navy Combat Ready, Credible & Cohesive” is the theme of 2020 Indian Navy Day. The theme was “Indian Navy- Silent, Strong and Swift.” last year. “Indian Navy, Mission-deployed and Combat-ready.” was the 2018 theme.
During the Navy Week and days before, numerous activities such as an open sea swimming contest, visitors’ boats, and school children’s ships, lunch for old sailors, Naval Symphony Orchestra concerts, an Indian Navy Inter School Quiz Competition, a Navy Half Marathon, an air show for school children and a pounding retreat will take place.
Interesting Facts About the Indian Navy
On the 4th of December, Navy Day is observed in India. Below are interesting facts that demonstrate the Indian Navy is a tremendous force on Earth.
- The Indian Navy is actually the 7th most dominant maritime force in the world with the US, Russia, China, Japan, the UK, and France alone ahead of it. The force has 150 submarines, ships, and three hundred aircraft as of June 2019 and 67,252 active, and 55,000 on-site personnel.
- The BrahMos cruise missile from the Indian Navy is the fastest operating system in the world of its kind. The DRDO has recently expanded the range of missiles from about 298 kilometers to about 450 kilometers.
- Established in 1987, the MARCOS special operation unit of the Indian Navy is trained and equipped in all conditions, whether onshore, land, or at the air. The Marine Commando Force was first formed in 1987. International professionalism has been achieved by the force.
- The ‘Sagar Pawan’ of the Indian Navy, established in 2003, is one of the world’s only two naval aerobatic teams, the other being the Blue Angels of the US Navy.
- During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the Indian Navy played a major role in launching two-wide naval attacks – Trident Operation and Python Operation – on Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.
- In 2004, 2006, and 2008 the Indian Navy successfully carried out expeditions to Mount Everest, the South Pole, and the North Poles.
- Situated in Ezhimala in Kerala’s Kannur district, the Indian Naval Academy is Asia’s largest naval academy.
- India’s first exclusive defense satellite GSAT-7 is the primary operator of the Indian Navy. It allows the seafarer to improve its capacities for blue water.
- The naval forces of India, initially referred to as the Royal Indian Navy played a crucial role in sustaining the supply of flow to the UK with the beginning of World War II.
- The Indian Navy has provided overseas humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Operation Vanilla was initiated by the naval force for the affected population of Madagascar after the destruction caused by Cyclone Diane. In September of this year, INS Nireekshak of our Navy joined the Mauritian National Coast Guard to search and rescue Tug Sir Gaetan of the Mauritius Port Authority (MPA).
Indian Navy Day Quotes
- “A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.” -Admiral Grace Hopper
- “The Navy is much more than a job; much more than service to the country. It is a way of life. It gets in your blood.” -Albert F. Pratt
- “The Navy has both a tradition and a future and we look with pride and confidence in both directions.” -Arleigh Burke
- “The Navy speaks in symbols and you may suit what meaning you choose to the words.” -Patrick O’Brian
- “A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.” -Theodore Roosevelt
- “Sailors have the cleanest bodies and the filthiest minds.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
- “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Freedom of thought & words, patriotism in our hearts, memories in our minds, salute the country on Navy Day ”
- We are safe because we have every moment of our Navy defending us. Greeting our Navy on Indian Navy Day with best wishes”
- “We are celebrating the Indian Navy Day with our greeting for the courage, commitment, and patriotism of all women and men in the Navy”
Wishing India’s all naval personnel a Happy Navy Day!