December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day to celebrate the Indian Navy’s achievement and as a tribute to the courage and determination made by the Indian Navy during the 1971 war.
Navy Day, or Indian Navy Day, the leading days are celebrated as Navy Week where a score of activities takes place across the country.
The Navy also organises a Beating Retreat ceremony at Gateway of India in Mumbai on the eve of the Navy Day. The Indian Naval Band performs across places between Gateway of India and Radio Club in Mumbai.
Every year, a different theme is set to mark the event, which highlights the significance of the country’s naval force:
Indian Navy Day 2019 Theme
Every year, a different theme is decided for the Indian Navy day. Last year, it was “Indian Navy, Mission-deployed and Combat-ready.” And for Navy Day 2019, the theme is “Indian Navy – Silent, Strong and Swift.”
Indian Navy Day 2019 history
The Navy Day is observed in India on December 4 every year. It is an annual affair that witnesses celebrations across the country. The date, December 4, was chosen as Navy Day, because the Indian Navy sank 4 Pakistani vessels in the Indo-Pak 1971 War, thus marking India’s superiority in the war.
On December 4, 1971, the Indian Navy played a significant role in Operation Trident, which was an attack on Pakistan Naval headquarters and sank Pakistan Naval Ship Ghazi. During the operation, the anti-ship missiles were used for the first time in the region. The attack killed over 500 Pakistani Navy personnel and destroyed four Pakistani vessels. Three Indian Navy missile boats – INS Nirghat, INS Veer and INS Nipat – played an important role in the operation.
Indian Navy Day 2019 Significance
The Navy Day is celebrated as a mark of respect to the Indian Navy’s bravery and sacrifice shown during the Indo-Pak War in 1971. It not only sank 4 Pakistani vessels, including PNS Khaibar, PNS Shah Jahan, and PNS Muhafiz but also caused heavy casualties on the opponent’s side. December 4 is considered to be one of the most important days in its history.
The Navy Day celebrations show India’s naval strength in full might. Several events take place across India which includes open sea swimming competition, Indian Navy Inter-School quiz competition, Navy half-marathon, beating the retreat among other ceremonies.
Here are Indian Navy Day 2019 quotes
Our Nation is a great nation, and Our Nation is very grand. From the sea to the sand, I love this land!
Freedom of someone is safe until the freedom of everyone is safe!
An independent and free country is a rightful country!
I salute the Heroes who gave me my freedom.
Pay our tribute to the real Heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.