New Delhi: The Indian Navy is all set to demonstrate India’s combat prowess and capability through an ‘Operational Demonstration’ at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
The President of India and the supreme commander of the armed forces, Droupadi Murmu will be the guest of honour at the event.
“Traditionally, the Navy Day celebrations are conducted at New Delhi in the presence of the Hon’ble President and other dignitaries,” the Ministry of Defenec said, adding that this year, for the first time, Navy Day Celebrations are being conducted outside the National Capital. Indian Naval ships, submarines, aircraft and Special Forces from Eastern, Western and Southern Naval Command would showcase the capability and versatility of Indian Navy.
The event will culminate with a sunset ceremony and illumination by ships at anchorage, it added.
The Navy Day celebrations are aimed at fostering greater outreach, renewing maritime consciousness amongst our citizens and highlights the Navy’s contributions towards national security.
Several dignitaries from the Central and State Governments are expected to attend the event, which will be hosted by Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff.
India celebrates December 4 as Navy Day, every year, to acknowledge the role of the Indian Navy and commemorate its achievements in ‘Operation Trident’ during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
Operation Trident was an offensive operation launched by the Indian Navy on Pakistan’s port city of Karachi during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It saw the first use of anti-ship missiles in combat in the region.The operation was conducted on the night of 4–5 December and inflicted heavy damage on Pakistani vessels and facilities.
On the night of December 4-5, 1971, PNS Ghazi, a Pakistani submarine, was also sunk off the coast of Visakhapatnam.