Written by Naman Anil Kumar, a grade 7 student
We all know many festivals like Christmas, Diwali, and Dusshera. We also know many national festivals Gandhi Jayanti, Republic day etc.
Do you know what is special about December 4th? It is celebrated as Navy Day.
Now let’s learn some facts about Navy day.
Indian armed forces consist of the Indian Army, the Indian Navy, and the Indian Air force. One of the most important forces includes the Navy, that safeguards the nation’s marine borders.
Why is Navy Day celebrated?
Navy Day is celebrated on 4th December every year. Members of the Indian Navy, who have made extraordinary contributions are recognized and honored on this day.
The origin of Navy day goes back to a war that India and Pakistan fought in 1971. On the night of 4th December 1971, the Indian Navy attacked Pakistani vessels in the harbour of a city called Karachi and sank three Pakistani ships. This day is celebrated to mark this operation, which was called Operation Trident.
Next year it’ll be 50 years since the war, and for this, the Indian Navy plans to celebrate 2021 as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ – meaning Golden Victory Year.
It was an operation that was planned by the Indian navy in order to sink Pakistani vessels during the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. This operation was launched in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi. During this operation, the Indian navy destroyed a minesweeper, a destroyer, a cargo vessel, and fuel storage tanks of Pakistan’s army in Karachi.
The Pakistani army had not expected an attack from the sea. They had made all preparation for the air attack from India, because of this there was huge destruction by Indian missile boats.
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 took place when there was a Liberation War in East Pakistan (what is today Bangladesh). At that time Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan and was called East Pakistan and they were fighting to separate from Pakistan. India supported that cause and Pakistan did not like that idea very much. They conducted airstrikes on India, and this started the India Pakistan war. It lasted only 13 days, making it one of the shortest wars in history.
The war started on December 3rd, 1971, and ended on December 16th.
Dec 3: Bangladesh’s air force destroyed Pakistani oil depots on this day. Pakistani army attacked India and it joined the war formally.
Dec 4: Indian navy attacked the Karachi base.
Dec 5/7: Jessore, Syhet got liberated. Naval air operations started carrying out Chittagong, Khulna, and Mangla harbors. The oil installations got destroyed at Chittagong.
Dec 8: Murid airbase inside Pakistan was attacked and taken by Indian squadrons and flight officers, using hunter jets.
Dec 11: Places of Hilli, Mymemshingh, and Kushtia, and Noakhali places were liberated from Pakistan. US 7th fleet, which was led by an aircraft carrier deployed to the Bay of Bengal.
Dec 13: In order to counter and fight the USS enterprise (a United States Navy aircraft carrier) USSR sends warships.
Dec 16: Indian armed forces, Mitro Bahini takes control of Dhaka, East Pakistani armies surrender unconditionally. Bangladesh got liberated.
Indian navy always protects our coasts without any fear and they will keep us safe by giving a helping hand when needed.
We are very proud of our navy.
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