Navy Day (India)
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Navy Day in India is observed on 4 December every year to celebrate the achievements and role of the naval force to the country. The Indian Navy is the marine branch of the Indian Armed Forces and is led by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief. The Maratha Emperor, Chhatarpati Shivaji Bhosle of the 17th century is considered as "Father of the Indian Navy".
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. The modern Indian navy has as undergone speedy renovation in order to improve its position in the Indian Ocean region. According to the report, the strength of the Indian Navy includes of 58,350 personnel, an aircraft carrier, a big transport dock, 15 frigates, 8 guided missile destroyers, 24 corvettes, 13 conventional submarines, 1 nuclear attack submarine, 30 patrol vessels, 7 mine countermeasure vessels including variety of auxiliary ships.
Indian Navy Day 2016 was celebrated on Sunday, 4 December.
India celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the Indian Navy in 2013 on 4 December in order to remember the daredevil attack on the Pakistani naval base in Karachi. In order to celebrate this occasion, the Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy, headquartered in Mumbai, bring their ships and sailors for making the celebration excellent.
All the activities which to be conducted on the celebration of the event are planned by the eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam. Wreath laying ceremony is held at the war memorial (at RK Beach) followed by the operational demonstration to show the potential and resourcefulness of the naval submarines, ships, aircraft and unique forces. Various aircraft are shown by flying over the beach, and spectators are requested by the authorities to keep the beach litter-free to avoid the gathering of birds which may cause a hazard to the aircraft.
Navy Day in India is celebrated to commemorate the courageous attack on the Karachi harbor 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. It is celebrated using a particular theme (like "Safe Seas and Secure Coasts for a strong Nation") of the year for making it more powerful and potent. Recently a movie was also released in the name "The Ghazi Attack" that is about the Indian Navy's brave attack on Pakistan's Submarine Ghazi during the Indo Pak War of 1971.
A community service for the Indian Navy is conducted by the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) from 24 November to 26 November at Good Hope Old Age Home, Fort Kochi in which the students from the Navy Children School Chair take parts to entertain the inmates and Naval doctors (from INHS Sanjivani) provides medical checkup to the inmates. Navy Ball, Navy Queen contests including the Navy fest are held to celebrate Navy Day.
On this day the warships and aircraft of the Indian Navy are open to visitors such as school children. The Military Photo Exhibition is also performed by photojournalists of the Ernakulum in the Navy fest.
- Theme of 2015 was "Indian Navy – Ensuring Secure Seas for a Resurgent Nation."
- Theme of 2012 was "Indian Navy – Maritime Power for National Prosperity".
- Theme of 2008 was "Reaching Out to Maritime Neighbours".
- Mehta, Sulogna (26 November 2016). "Naval ships showcase their strength during Day at Sea". The Times of India.
- "Here's the story behind Navy Day". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 4 December 2017.