Did you know that 4th December is celebrated as ‘Indian Navy Day’? What’s more exciting is the story behind it. Hello and welcome folks to another exciting edition of Trivia Thursday where we will have a look at the background of why Navy Day is celebrated on 4th December and some really interesting trivia about Indian Navy.
Crux of the Matter
Why Is Navy Day Celebrated On 4th December?
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was a military confrontation between India and Pakistan. It occurred during the Bangladesh Liberation War from 3 December to 16 December 1971.The war began with preemptive aerial strikes on 11 Indian air stations.
It led to the commencement of hostilities with Pakistan and Indian entry into the War of Independence in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) on the side of Bengali nationalist forces. Lasting just 13 days, it is one of the shortest wars in history.
Operation Trident was an offensive operation launched by the Indian Navy on Pakistan’s port city of Karachi during the Indo-Pakistani War. Operation Trident saw the first use of anti-ship missiles in combat in the region. While India suffered no losses, Pakistan lost a minesweeper, a destroyer, a cargo vessel carrying ammunition, and fuel storage tanks in Karachi.
India celebrates its Navy Day annually on 4 December to mark this operation.
From 15 August 2001, the then ensign of the Indian navy was replaced with a white ensign bearing the Indian Navy crest, as the previous ensign was thought to reflect India’s colonial past. However, complaints arose that the new ensign was indistinguishable as the blue of the naval crest easily merged with the sky and the ocean. Hence, in 2004, the ensign was changed back to the previous with the addition of the emblem of India.
- Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala is the largest naval academy in Asia.
- Indian navy holds the distinction of one of the only two naval aerobatic teams in the world. The name of the aerobatic demonstration team is Sagar Pawan.
- Mauritius is part of India’s security grid including the Coastal Surveillance Radar (CSR) station of the Indian Navy’s National Command Control Communication Intelligence network. The Heads of the Mauritius Navy and the Mauritian National Security Advisor are Indian officers.
- One of the most distinguished and efficient special forces in the world, MARCOS or Marine Commandos are the special operations unit of the Indian navy. MARCOS is acknowledged as ‘Dadhiwala Fauj’ (Bearded Army) by the various terrorist groups, due to their bearded disguises in civil areas.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji, the Maratha emperor, is considered the ‘Father of the Indian Navy’.
- INS Arihant is the first ballistic missile submarine to have been built by a country other than the five permanent members of the UNSC.
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