December 4, 2021 - 6:17 am

Celebrating Golden Jubilee Of Operation Trident  

Every year, India celebrates December 4 as Navy Day to commemorate Operation Trident - a key offensive during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, when the Indian Navy inflicted heavy damage on Pakistani vessels in Karachi harbor. The same day also marks the end of Navy Week, which, too, is celebrated annually. Several events take place on this day and each year, a different theme is proposed to celebrate Navy Day. In consonance with the theme of the Navy Week 2021, "Indian Navy - Combat Ready, Credible and Cohesive," the Southern Naval Command (SNC) will lay out a host of programmes from the last week of November.

                    The Navy plans to celebrate 2021 as 'Swarnim Vijay Varsha' as a part of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the victory in the 1971 war. The Indian Navy was established by the East India company in 1612. Later it was named as Royal Indian Navy and post independence, it was reconstituted as the Indian Navy in 1950. Past the devastating war against Pakistan, the whole country celebrated the success of the Indian Navy. It is also important to educate children and the citizens of India about the significance and the victory of India. Several events like Marathons, interschool quiz competitions, Air displays and tattoo ceremonies take place on this day. Netizens also take it to social media to share quotes on Navy Day.

                    Indian Navy is one of the strongest Maritime forces in the world. It is the seventh naval force in the world with 67,252 active and 55,000 reserve personnel in service as of June 2019  This year, India is celebrating 50th anniversary of victory over Pakistan in 1971 war. On the occasion of Indian Navy Day, the country pays homage to those Brave hearts of Navy who laid down their lives in line of duty and those who still serve the nation selflessly. Indian Navy over the years has carried out many operations, including those for the rescue of Indian citizens. Last year, Operation Samudra Setu was launched to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas by sea during covid-19 pandemic.