- The 47th Indian Navy Day was celebrated on December 4, 2018 across India. The day is observed every year to celebrate the achievements and role of the naval force in the country.
- To celebrate the occasion, the naval forces presented a display of acrobatic skills from Army choppers in Rameswaram. The display took place at the Dhanushkodi beach which lies on the tip of the Rameswaram Island, Tamil Nadu.
- On the occasion of the Indian Navy Day, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba announced that the Indian Navy is the net security provider in the Indian Ocean region. So far, the navy has been successful in thwarting 44 piracy attempts and apprehending 120 pirates.
- Since 2008, 70 Indian naval warships have been deployed, which have safely escorted over 3440 ships with over 25000 mariners on board.
The Indian Navy is the marine branch of the Indian Armed Forces and is led by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief.
Why Indian Navy Day is celebrated on 4 December?
- The Navy day is celebrated every year to commemorate the success of Operation Trident of Indian Navy on Karachi Harbour during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
- Under Operation Trident, the Indian Navy sank four vessels near the largest Pakistani port of Karachi and ravaged the Karachi harbour fuel fields, killing over 500 Pakistani Navy personnel.
- Three Indian Navy missile boats – INS Nipat, INS Nirghat, and INS Veer played a pivotal role in the attack. INS Veer fired its first missile onto Pakistani vessel Muhafiz, a minesweeper, sinking it with the entire crew.
- Operation Trident resulted in the first use of anti-ship missiles in the region.