Navy Day (India)
Naval Day is celebrated every year on 4 December in India to recognize the achievements and role of the Indian Navy in the country. On 4 December 1971, as the day was chosen, during Operation Trident, the Indian Navy swept four Pakistani ships, including PNS Khyber, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel. On this day, those killed in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war are also remembered.
Beating retreat and tattoo ceremony on Navy Day 2018.
In the days leading up to Navy Week, during and before Navy Week, there are various events such as an open sea swimming competition, ships open to visitors and schoolchildren, an experienced sailor having lunch. There is a Naval Symphonic Orchestra, an Indian Navy Inter School Quiz Competition, a Navy Half Marathon as well as an air display for school children and a beating retreat and a tattoo ceremony.
The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces and is headed by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief. The Maratha emperor, 17th-century Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhonsle, is considered the “father of the Indian Navy”.
The Indian Navy has an important role in enhancing India’s international relations as well as securing the country’s maritime borders through maritime borders, joint exercises, humanitarian disaster relief and so on. The modern Indian Navy has undergone rapid renovation to improve its position in the Indian Ocean region. The strength of the Indian Navy consists of more than 67,000 personnel and about 150 ships and submarines.
Reason for celebrating Navy Day
Naval Day in India originally coincided with Trafalgar Day of the Royal Navy. In 1944, the Royal Indian Navy celebrated Naval Day in October 1944 as the month of its commissioning. In 1945, after World War II, Naval Day was observed on 1 December. On the night of 30 November 1945, on the eve of Navy Day celebrations, Indian ratings depicted slogans like Inquilab Zindabad. But the old traditions of the British Navy gave rise to new reasons for celebrating the day.
Naval Day in India is now celebrated to commemorate the Indian Navy missile boats as well as the attack on the Karachi port during the Indo-Pakistan War (4 December 1971). During the attack, Indian sailors communicated in Russian to avoid detection. No Indian sailors were killed in the attack.
Navy Week Celebrations
Various events take place during Navy Week with the closing on Navy Day. On this day Indian Navy warships and aircraft are open to visitors like school children. Military photo exhibition is also done by the photojournalists of Ernakulam in celebration of the Navy. Other programs such as blood donation camps are also organized. Community service for the Indian Navy is organized by the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) at the Good Hope Old Age Home, Fort Kochi, to entertain the Navy Children’s School Chair student inmates and Navy doctors (from INHS) Sanjivani) provides medical checkups to the prisoners. Navy Ball and Navy Queen competitions including Navy Day are held to celebrate Navy Day.
It is celebrated using a special theme of the year (such as “safe sea and safe coast for a strong nation):
The theme of 2019 is “Indian Navy – Silent, Strong and Swift”.
The 2018 theme was “Indian Navy, mission-deployed and fighter-ready”.
The 2015 theme was “Ensuring Secure Seas for the Indian Navy – Resurgent Nation”.
The 2014 theme was “Ensuring Secure Seas for the Indian Navy – Resurgent Nation”.
The 2012 theme was “Indian Navy – Marine Power for National Prosperity”.
The 2008 theme was “Reaching Out to Maritime Neighbors”.
The Gateway of India during Navy Day 2018.
Indian Navy personnel rappelling down the Gateway of India
‘Op demo’ by the Indian Navy helicopters, MARCOS and Fast Interceptor Crafts
‘Op demo’ by the Indian Navy helicopters and MARCOS over the Gateway of India
Fireworks and ships in the background on Navy Day 2014
People visiting INS vessels as a part of Navy Day 2015 celebrations
A Chetak helicopter carrying out a live demonstration