Today, the 44th Navy Day is being celebrated across the country to commemorate the courageous attack on the Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war (on 4 December 1971) by the Indian Naval Missile boats as well as to reverence all the martyrs of that war.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other top leaders of the country hailed the contribution of Indian Navy in protecting the country’s waters and disaster relief alike.
In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “On Navy Day, my good wishes to all men and women of the Indian Navy. Nation is proud of your commitment to protecting our maritime frontiers, securing our trade routes, and providing assistance in times of humanitarian emergencies.”
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, “On this Navy Day, I salute the valour, commitment and patriotism of our Navy personnel in protecting our seas and the country. My best wishes to them and their families.”
“India is grateful to our Navy for protecting the nation and the commendable role the Navy plays during disaster relief,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.
Navy Day greetings to all valorous personnel of the Indian Navy and their families. India is grateful to our Navy for protecting the nation and the commendable role the Navy plays during disaster relief.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 4, 2018
Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted, “I salute our Navy personnel for the impregnable spirit, devotion with which they serve & protect our Motherland.”
Punjab Chief Minister wrote, “Navy Day is celebrated to honour the victorious, martyrs and veterans of the Indian Navy. This day also serves as a reminder to our enemies, of our strength and valour when the hour beckons. My best wishes to all ranks of the Indian Navy. Jai Hind.”
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Navy Day wrote, “Saluting the Indian Navy for its valor and glorious victories at the sea. The nation is proud of the Navy for guarding our coasts to ensure our safety and harmony.”
Meanwhile, the chief of Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy paid homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in Delhi.
On Monday, the Navy showcased an impressive show of skill amid a sea of colours at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. A Navy helicopter hovered slowly over the monument, lit in the colours of the national flag, while soldiers in white uniform marched below in a rehearsal of the Beating of the Retreat ceremony. Hundreds of people turned up near the south Mumbai monument to see the rehearsal.
It is to be noted that the Indian Navy plays an important role in securing the marine borders of the country as well as enhancing the international relations of India through seaport visits, joint exercises, humanitarian missions, calamity relief and so on.