Guardians Of The Sea: India Celebrates Navy Day

Guardians Of The Sea: India Celebrates Navy Day

India is commemorating the 47th Navy Day Today. Like elsewhere in the world, Navy Day in India is celebrated with much fanfare and gusto. With the motto " May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us" Indian Navy celebrates Navy day every year to honour the maritime operations by the Navy during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and also work towards securing the country's marine borders and bolstering relationships with other countries through humanitarian missions, calamity relief and joint exercises. 

It was on this day in 1971 that Indian Navy left its shores for the very first time to successfully attack Pakistan. Operation Trident, the codename for the naval attack on Karachi, is considered one of the most successful operations in the post-World War II era.

Why is Navy Day Celebrated?

Navy Day in India is celebrated to commemorate the courageous attack on the Karachi harbor during the Indo-Pakistan war (on 4 December 1971) by the Indian Naval Missile boats as well as to reverence all the martyrs of that war. It is celebrated using a particular theme (like "Safe Seas and Secure Coasts for a strong Nation") of the year for making it more powerful and potent.

A community service for the Indian Navy is conducted by the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) from 24 November to 26 November at Good Hope Old Age Home, Fort Kochi in which the students from the Navy Children School Chair take parts to entertain the inmates and Naval doctors (from INHS Sanjivani) provides medical checkup to the inmates. Navy Ball, Navy Queen contests including the Navy fest are held to celebrate Navy Day.

On this day the warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy are open to visitors such as school children. The Military Photo Exhibition is also performed by photojournalists of the Ernakulum in the Navy fest.

Fast Forward To Present Day

Navy is looking at inducting 56 warships and submarines to enhance its strength. This is apart from 32 warships under construction.

In geopolitical dynamics, aircraft carriers are considered a sign of blue-water ambitions. India’s lone aircraft carrier is INS Vikramaditya. Accommodating 30 MIG-29Ks and six Kamov helicopters, the aircraft carrier is expected to be battle-ready by May 2019.

Among Indian Navy’s latest vessels are the Kalvari-class diesel-electric attack submarines. According to one report, INS Khanderi will be delivered to the Navy by the end of 2018. INS Kalvari, the lead submarine of the Kalvari-class, is already in service. Another submarine from the same class is expected to be commissioned sometime next year.

However, with just 14 conventional — some considered obsolete — submarines, India lags behind in the geopolitical race.

Celebrations 2018

Leading up to the Navy Day on 04 December 2018, the Navy holds a string of events aimed at showcasing the ‘Silent Service’ and for raising awareness among citizens. The Eastern Naval Command too has scheduled a series of activities as part of the Navy Day- 2018 events. These activities spread out over two months, provide an opportunity to local populace to have a closer interaction with the navy. The celebrations started with a Mega Blood Donation Camp organised as humanitarian effort by the Eastern Fleet at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam on 05 October 2018.  The blood donation camp was inaugurated by Captain Vikram Mehra Commanding Officer INS Ranjit. There was an overwhelming response from volunteers amongst the uniformed and Defence civilians, wherein 268  personnel donated blood which was handed over to NTR Trust Blood Bank and would be utilized to those in need especially for Dengue  patients and road traffic accident victims.

Other events being organised as part of the Navy Day celebrations this year include a Organ Donation Seminar, Special Children visit to INS Dega and Eastern Fleet ships, Public performances of Naval Band, two more Blood Donation Camps and an Outreach Program along with a Medical Camp in November. The most popular event, the fourth edition of Vizag-Navy Marathon is scheduled on 18 November 2018.  Naval ships will be open to school children on 24 and 25 November 2018. On the occasion of the Navy Day, the ENC will conduct a Naval Operational Display on 04 December at the RK Beach highlighting the multi-dimensional warfare capability of the Indian Navy in protecting the vast maritime borders and interests of the country. Rehearsal for the Op Demo would be held on 28 November, 30 November and final dress rehearsal is scheduled on 03 December 2018.

On Monday, the Navy showcased an impressive show of skill amid a sea of colours at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. A Navy helicopter hovered slowly over the monument, lit in the colours of the national flag, while soldiers in white uniform marched below in a rehearsal of the Beating of the Retreat ceremony. Hundreds of people turned up near the south Mumbai monument to see the rehearsal.


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