India Celebrates Navy Day Today, Leaders Salute 'Guardians Of The Sea'

| December 4 , 2018 , 14:17 IST

India celebrates Navy Day on December 4 every year to honour Operation Trident which was an offensive operation launched by the Indian Navy on Karachi during the 1971 war. It is considered one of the most successful operations in the post-World War II era.

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 is considered as 'Father of the Indian Navy'.

The day is also celebrated to highlight the role that the Navy plays in securing the country's marine borders during peacetime and carrying out humanitarian missions.

The enchanting performances of navy men during the annual Beating Retreat and Tattoo ceremony at the Gateway of India is now synonymous with Navy Day.

On Monday, the Navy showcased an impressive show of skill amid a sea of colours at the Gateway of India in Mumbai.

A Navy helicopter hovered slowly over the monument, lit in the colours of the national flag, while soldiers in white uniform marched below in a rehearsal of the Beating of the Retreat ceremony. Hundreds of people turned up near the south Mumbai monument to see the rehearsal.

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Addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy day in New Delhi yesterday, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba said the Indian Navy is the net security provider in the Indian Ocean region and is fully capable to meet the traditional and non-traditional threats.

Our political leaders extended their good wishes to the Indian Navy on the occasion of Navy Day. They took to their Twitter account and wrote,