Indian Navy Day: December 4

Indian Navy Day: December 4

   Kautilya Academy    04-12-2020

The Indian Navy

The Indian Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 every year to commemorate Operation Trident. The organization of a Beating Retreat ceremony at Gateway of India in Mumbai is held on the eve of the Navy Day.

Operation Trident

§  It was a counter-attack by Indian Navy on the Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971.

§  India used anti-ship missiles for the first time during this operation and destroyed the Pakistani destroyer ship PNS Khaibar.

§  The Indian Navy's three warships - INS Nipat, INS Nirghat and INS Veer - played an important role in the attack.

Indian Navy

§  It is headed by the President of India as its Supreme Commander.

§  Indian Navy’s Motto is - Sam no Varunah (शं नो वरूण‌:) that means that the God of water, Varuna, should be auspicious unto us.

§  Some of the earliest operations of the Indian Navy include its contribution in liberating Goa from Portugal in 1961.

§  The Navy has developed as an admirable force with the making of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant and several other ships.

§  Indian Navy currently has one aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya which was a former Russian ship that was commissioned into service in 2013.

§  It operates three classes of submarines: Chakra (it has the nuclear-powered INS Chakra), Sindhughosh, and Shishumar.

§  Marine Commandos or MARCOS is the special force unit of the Indian Navy, trained to conduct amphibious warfare, counter-terrorism, special reconnaissance, hostage rescue and asymmetric warfare.

§  They were the first to respond to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

§  The fifth Scorpene conventional submarine, Vagir, being built by the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) with technology transfer from France was launched.


§  “The fifth of the Indian Navy’s Kalvari class submarines of Project 75 has been launched on November 12 at the Kanhoji Angre wet basin of MDL”.

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