Why is 4 December is observed as Navy Day?
- December 4, 1971, the day on which the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar during its Operation Trident in the Indo-Pak war.
- Operation Trident is one of the most important missions of the Indian Navy because that was the first time India used an anti-ship missile in combat in the region.
- Operation Trident was conducted in Karachi border, the headquarters of the Pakistani Navy causing heavy damage to the Pakistani military.
- India had zero casualties, making Operation Trident one of the most successful operations conducted by the Indian Navy, therefore celebrated as National Navy Day every year.
- The brave marine fighters who displayed impeccable strength in the Indo-Pak war are remembered on this day.
- INS Nipat, INS Nirghat and INS Veer were the 3 missile boats that helped the Karachi Strike Group in successfully conducting their operation.
- The Indian Navy bravely anticipated the move of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and moved its missile boats to other locations having no effect of the retaliation by Pakistan’s forces.
- Just after the 3 days, Operation Python was also conducted by the Indian Navy as a follow-up, destroying an important asset of Pakistan - fleet tanker PNS Dacca.
- The victory of the Indian Navy was one of the most successful marks after World War II.
Amazing facts about Indian Navy
- The Indian Navy is presently the 7th strongest Navy in the world, with only the United States, Russia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and France ahead of it.
- The Indian Navy’s anti-ship cruise missile BrahMos, the world's fastest operational anti-ship cruise missile.
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- The Indian Navy played a significant role in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 by carrying out two-large-scale naval attacks – Operation Trident and Operation Python – on Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.
- The Indian Navy’s aerobatic team ‘Sagar Pawan’, founded in 2003, is one of the only two naval aerobatic teams in the world besides US Navy’s Blue Angels.
- The Indian Navy has successful expeditions to Mount Everest, the South Pole, and the North Pole in 2004, 2006, and 2008 respectively.
- The Indian Navy is the prime user of GSAT-7 which is India’s first exclusive defence satellite. It helps the Indian Navy to extend its blue water capabilities.
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