Published By: Nibandh Vinod
Last Updated: December 04, 2023, 06:00 IST
Navy Day programme will be organised at the Sindhudurg Fort in Maharashtra today on December 4. (Image: Shutterstock)
Navy Day 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest for the Navy Day celebrations. He will unveil the 43-foot statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Rajkot-Malvan sea shore of Sindhudurg.
NAVY DAY 2023: Navy Day is marked to commemorate the success of Operation Trident which took place during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. This year, the Navy Day programme will be organised at the Sindhudurg Fort in Maharashtra on December 4. This is the first time that Navy Day will be celebrated away from the major naval stations. Today, the Indian Navy uses the celebrations to showcase India’s naval prowess alongside its fleet of state-of-the-art ships and aircraft.
Witness the Warships, Aircraft & MARCOs display the operational prowess & capabilities of the #IndianNavy
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— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 29, 2023
What Was Operation Trident?
Operation Trident was a successful offensive operation launched by the Indian Navy during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, between December 4 and December 5. During the operation, the Indian Navy sharply attacked the Pakistan port city of Karachi and caused much damage to their naval infrastructure.
It was the first time that anti-ship missiles were used in combat between India and Pakistan. The Indian Navy’s offensive destroyed Pakistan’s ship fuel reserves and also damaged the Karachi Port. What makes Operation Trident one of the most successful naval operations since World War II is that there were no casualties on the Indian side.
Navy Day 2023 Celebrations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest for the Navy Day celebrations. He will unveil the 43-foot statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the Rajkot-Malvan sea shore of Sindhudurg.
As per a press note by the Ministry of Defence, the event will see the “participation of 20 warships along with 40 aircraft comprising MiG 29K and LCA Navy as major attractions along with combat beach reconnaissance and assault demo by the Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy.”
Additionally, the Naval Band will have a performance, alongside a continuity drill and horn-pipe dance by the SCC cadets. The ships at anchorage will be illuminated as the sun sets and the event will conclude with a laser show at Sindhudurg Fort.
Facts About Sindhudurg Fort
- The Sindhudurg Fort is located on a small island in the Arabian Sea, near the shore of Malva in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.
- It was commissioned by Chhatrapati Shivaji I between 1664 and 1667.
- It was designed by the chief architect of the Maratha kingdom Hiroji Indulkar.
- The Sindhudurg Fort is a protected monument.
- It is spread over 48 acres, with 30 feet high and 12 feet thick walls that were made to sustain high tide.
- The fort’s foundation stones were laid in molten lead.
- The fort is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. One needs to take a ferry from Malvan beach to reach the fort.
- The fort is closed during the rainy season because of high tide.
Navy Day 2023 Quotes and Wishes
Praying each day for the well-being of the ones who keep our waters safe. Happy Navy Day!
We are safe because we have our navy keeping us protected every moment. Salute to our navy soldiers.
Thank you warriors of the navy for safeguarding our marine borders with your invincible spirit and bravery.
The Indian Navy sails with valor in their soul and honour in their heart.
On the occasion of Navy Day, we extend our warm wishes to our navy officers who are always there to protect us and our country from enemies. Happy Indian Navy Day!
A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guarantee of peace.