Indian Navy Day History & Reason for celebration?
Do you know, ‘When was the Indian Navy founded?’ It was established in 1612 by the East India Company. During the Indo-Pak War in 1971, Pakistan launched an attack on December 3 on Indian air bases. In response to their offensive attacks, the Indian Navy planned an attack on the night of December 4 & 5, as Pakistan didn’t have the aircraft to carry out bombings.
The Indian Navy targeted the Pakistan Naval Headquarters of Karachi during Operation Trident. It launched three missile boats, INS Veer, INS Nipat and INS Nirghat, and Vidyut-class boats, towards Karachi and sank three Pakistani Navy ships, including PNS Khaibar. There were hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel killed during the attack. Commodore Kasargod Pattanashetti Gopal Rao led the whole operation of the Indian Navy.
To celebrate the success of the Indian Navy, Indian Navy Day is observed in the whole country. People wish happy Indian Navy Day to each other, marking the sign of tribute to the Navy and creating awareness about the difficulties faced by the personnel in the war.
Indian Navy Day 2022 – Significance
At the Senior Naval Officer’s Conference in May 1972, Indian Navy Day was decided to be celebrated on December 4 to acknowledge the efforts & achievements of the Indian Navy during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
It is important to educate the children and the citizens of India about the significance and victory of India. Celebrating Indian Navy Day is about increasing awareness about the Navy among the general public.
Indian Navy Day 2022 is celebrated to signify the victory of Operation Trident in Karachi by the Indian Naval Missile boats. During this day, the general public can get an opportunity to see the warships and aircraft of the Indian Naval at the Naval festival. Also, the Military Photo Exhibition is organized by the journalists of the Ernakulum in the festival.
Additionally, the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) organizes a community service from the 24th to the 26th of November at Good Hope Old Age Home, Fort Karachi, where the students participate in entertaining naval doctors with games and various other activities. Additionally, Navy Ball, Navy Queen, and many other contests are also held in the Navy festival.
Know more about Indian Navy Day
- The Navy has three commands: the Western Naval Command with headquarters in Mumbai, the Eastern Navy Command with Visakhapatnam Headquarters, and the South Navy Command with Kochi Headquarters. Each is under the control of the Navy General Commanding-in-Chief.
- The Indian Navy secures the country’s maritime borders & boosts India’s international relations through various means such as seaport visits, patriotic missions, etc.
- Indian Navy Day is celebrated annually to honor Operation Trident’s victory.
- The Indian Navy has over 70,000 employees and 150 yachts with submarines.
- The father of Indian navy day is Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
- The Indian Navy is the marine branch of the Indian Armed forces and is led by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief.
Indian Navy Day Theme 2022
Every year, a different theme is proposed to celebrate Indian Navy Day. The theme for Indian Navy Day 2022 is ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’, marking 50 years of India’s victory in the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. Last year, the theme was “Indian Navy Combat Ready, Credible & Cohesive”.