Indian Navy Day 2020
Happy Indian Navy Day 2020: Did you know that 4th December is celebrated as ‘Indian Navy Day’? India is today celebrating its Navy Day 2020, honouring and recognising achievements of the valiant men and women in white who protect our country from all marine threats.
The story behind it is related to 1971. The Indian Navy had then launched Operation Trident against Pakistan. Navy Day is celebrated on this day in memory of him. The foundation of the Indian Navy was laid in 1612. The British Army then established a small navy near Surat in Gujarat to protect its trade. After this, in 1686, when the British started doing business with Bombay, the army was named Bombay Marine. In 1892 it was named Royal Indian Marine. It was renamed the Indian Navy on 26 January 1950 after India became a Democratic Republic. Wishes, wishes, images, quotes, sms, greetings, whatsapp, facebook status on navy day.
The Indian Navy is presently the seventh strongest maritime force on the planet, with only the United States, Russia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and France ahead of it. The force, as of June 2019, has 150 submarines and ships and 300 aircraft, and 67,252 active and 55,000 reserve personnel in service.
BrahMos, Indian Navy’s anti-ship cruise missile, is the world’s fastest operational system in its class with a speed of Mach (ratio between the speed of the object and speed of the sound) 2.8-3.0.
Shivaji demonstrated great skill in creating his military organisation, which lasted till the demise of the Maratha empire. He also built a powerful navy, which is why he is considered as the Father of Indian Navy.
The Indian Navy’s special operations unit named MARCOS (originally called Marine Commando Force), founded in 1987, is trained and equipped to carry out operations in all environments – at sea, on land and in air. The force has acquired international recognition for professionalism.
From 15 August 2001, the then ensign of the Indian navy was replaced with a white ensign bearing the Indian Navy crest, as the previous ensign was thought to reflect India’s colonial past. However, complaints arose that the new ensign was indistinguishable as the blue of the naval crest easily merged with the sky and the ocean. Hence, in 2004, the ensign was changed back to the previous with the addition of the emblem of India.
The Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala is the largest of its kind in Asia. The Naval Academy (NAVAC) was established in May 1969, while its Ezhimala campus was inaugurated on 8 January 2009 and the name changed to Indian Naval Academy.
Indian Navy successfully completed an expedition to the North Pole and the South Pole. Indian Navy was also the first navy to send a submariner to an expedition to Mt. Everest! A ten-member team of the Indian Navy created history in May 2008, by reaching the North Pole and joining an elite group of adventurers who have conquered the “three poles”.
Why is Dec 4 celebrated as Indian Navy Day?
December 4 was chosen as Indian Navy Day it was on this day, that ships of the Indian Navy led a deadly attack during Operation Trident, on Karachi Harbour during the 1971 Indo Pak War. The Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar and PNS Shah Jahan killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel.
The Three Vidyut class missile boats of the Indian Navy, INS Nipat, INS Nirghat, and INS Veer, all played a pivotal role. With no damage to the naval ships and no casualties, it is remembered as the most successful attack launched by the Indian Navy.
The Indian Navy has rendered humanitarian assistance and disaster relief overseas. The naval force launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ to the affected population of Madagascar post devastation caused by Cyclone Diane. In September this year, our Navy’s INS Nireekshak joined the Mauritian National Coast Guard in search and salvage of the Mauritius Port Authority (MPA) Tug Sir Gaetan.