When is Navy Day celebrated?

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, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle of the 17th century is considered as the “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.

Navy Day in India is celebrated to commemorate the courageous attack on the Karachi harbour during the India-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.


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