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Indian Navy to hold 'Operation Demonstrations' to mark its role in 1971 Pak war

Indian Navy to hold 'Operation Demonstrations' to mark its role in 1971 Pak war

New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) As part of Navy Day celebrations, the Indian Navy will demonstrate India's combat prowess and capability through an 'Operational Demonstration' at Visakhapatnam later Sunday.
Navy Day celebration acknowledges the role of the Indian Navy and commemorates its achievements in 'Operation Trident' during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
President of India and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Droupadi Murmu would witness the event as the guest of honour.
Several dignitaries from the central and state governments are expected to attend the event, which will be hosted by Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff.
Traditionally, the Navy Day celebrations are conducted at New Delhi in the presence of the President and other dignitaries.
This year, for the first time, Navy Day Celebrations are being conducted outside the National Capital. Indian Naval ships, submarines, aircraft and Special Forces from Eastern, Western and Southern Naval Command would showcase the capability and versatility of the Indian Navy.
The event will culminate with a sunset ceremony and illumination by ships at anchorage.
The Navy Day celebrations are aimed at fostering greater outreach, renewing maritime consciousness amongst our citizens and highlights the Navy’s contributions towards national security.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted all navy personnel and their families on the occasion.
In a tweet, PM Modi said: "Best wishes on Navy Day to all navy personnel and their families. We in India are proud of our rich maritime history. The Indian Navy has steadfastly protected our nation and has distinguished itself with its humanitarian spirit during challenging times."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the Indian Navy by tweeting: "Greetings to all @IndianNavy personnel on #NavyDay. The Indian Navy is at the forefront of keeping our country safe by ensuring impeccable maritime security. The nation is proud of Indian Navy’s valour, courage, commitment and professionalism."
The Indian Navy spokesperson said, "We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to preserve, protect & promote our National Interests & to remain a #CombatReady #Credible #Cohesive & #FutureProof Force. We pay homage to supreme sacrifices of our bravehearts & gratitude to our veterans"
As part of Operation ‘Trident’ launched by the Indian Navy during the 1971 War, three Indian missile boats attacked the Pakistani port of Karachi in response to a Pakistani offensive on Indian airbases at the western frontier.
The Indian naval offensive led to the sinking of four Pakistani vessels and killings of dozens of Pakistani sailors.
India’s involvement in the war was triggered by the influx of millions of East Pakistani (modern day Bangladesh) refugees escaping persecution from Pakistani forces who were cracking down on an independence movement.
Eventually, India’s then prime minister Indira Gandhi ordered a military intervention.
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