Navy Day in India is celebrated annually on 4th December to recognize the contributions and achievements of the Indian Naval forces. Indian Navy Day is celebrated to commemorate the attack and to pay homage to all naval personnel who laid down their lives in the service of the country. The Indian Navy is the maritime branch of the Indian Armed Forces and is headed by the President of India as the Commander-in-Chief. The 17th century Maratha emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle is considered the “Father of the Indian Navy”.
The Indian Navy is a three-dimensional force that protects the interests of our country on, above and below the surface of the seas. Its main goal is to improve its position in the Indian Ocean region. Every year various programs are organized on this day.
During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Pakistan attacked Indian airbases on the evening of 3 December. In response to their attack, India sent three missile boats, Nirghat, Veer and Nipat, at high speed towards Karachi. Operation Trident, which was carried out against Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, is also remembered on this day. During Operation Trident, Indian Navy played a critical role and sank 4 Pakistani ships including PNS Khaibar. On this day, the people who were martyred during the India-Pakistan war are also remembered.