Indian Navy Day – Every year on December 4th, Indian Navy Day is celebrated to honour Operation Trident. On the eve of Navy Day, the Navy holds a Beating Retreat performance at the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
- During the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971, the Indian Navy launched an attack against the Karachi harbour.
- During this operation, India launched anti-ship missiles for the first time, destroying the Pakistani destroyer cruiser PNS Khaibar.
- The three vessels of the Indian Navy, the INS Nipat, INS Nirghat, and INS Veer, all played a key role in the attack.
- As its Supreme Commander, it is led by India’s President.
- The Indian Navy’s motto is “Sam no Varunah,” which means “May the God of Water, Varuna, be kind to us.” 1/2 The Indian Navy’s role to the liberation of Goa from Portugal in 1961 was one of its initial missions.
- With the construction of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant and numerous other ships, the Navy has grown into an impressive force.
- The INS Vikramaditya, a former Russian ship that was commissioned into service in 2013, is the Indian Navy’s only aircraft carrier.
- It has three submarine classes: Chakra (which includes the nuclear-powered INS Chakra), Sindhughosh, and Shishumar.
- The Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos (MARCOS) are a special force outfit trained in amphibious warfare, counter-terrorism, special reconnaissance, hostage rescue, and asymmetric warfare.
They were the first to respond to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.