Every year on December 4 India celebrates The Indian Navy Day. It is observed to honor Operation Trident. The nation recognizes this day for the achievements and role of the Navy to the nation.
India launched Operation Trident in 1971. This was the result after the Pakistan Army attacked our airspace and border area on 3 December 1971. India activated ‘Operation Trident’ in revenge as the result of the 1971 war began. It is the aggressive oppression of the Indian Navy over Pakistan. As a result, India has counter-attacked the Pakistan Naval Headquarters in Karachi.
During Operation Trident, the Indian Navy dropped four Pakistani ships including PNS Khaibar, assassinating hundreds of Pakistani Navy people. Also, India used anti-ship missiles for the first time all through this operation. Its three warships including INS Nipat, INS Nirghat, and INS Veer have played a fundamental role in the attack. The attack carried out by them included 3 electric class missile boats, 2 anti-submarines, and a tanker, for instance.
Moreover, Operation Trident proved to be a critical turning point in the Indo-Pak 1971 War. During this Indo-Pak 1971 war, they forced Pakistan to admit defeat.
Thus, we observe this accomplishment on 4 December as Indian Navy Day.
In short, the Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. It is led by the President of India, who acts as the supreme Commander of it.
The Navy has progressively enlarged its strengths since India’s independence. The chief purpose of them is to shield the maritime borders of the country and help in the evolution of its forces. It was established in 1612. On the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian Navy was the Firstly response.
Earlier in 1961, the Indian navy contributed to the liberation of Goa from Portugal.
MARCOS or Marine Commandos is the special forces unit of the Indian Navy. In fact, it is for special operations and was founded in 1987. MARCOS’s formal name is Marine commando force (MCF). Its primary role is counter-terrorism.
Indian Navy slogan
Its Slogan is Sam no Varuna. This slogan means that “May the lord Varuna be auspicious onto us.” Varuna is the god of water. C Rajagopalachari recommended this motto. Namely, this motto is from the Rigveda.
Hence, on the eve of navy day, the Navy organizes a Beating Retreat ceremony as well at Gateway of India in Mumbai.
Author- Pragya Verma
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