This is what happened on 4 Dec 1971, to mark it as Navy Day

December 4, 2018 marks the 47th Indian Navy Day. Navy day is observed every year to celebrate the magnificence, achievements and role of the naval force to the country.

Why Navy Day is Celebrated on December 4th

Navy Day is celebrated to remember the attack by the Indian Naval Missile boats on Karachi, Pakistan harbour during the Bangladesh liberation war, on 4 December 1971. The operation was code-named as ‘Operation Trident’.

It was 3rd December of 1971 when the Bangladesh Liberation war just started. The then Navy Chief, Admiral SM Nanda chose to strike first and cut off naval supplies from Karachi harbor to East Pakistan (Bangladesh).

The operation was carried for 90 minutes, which resulted in the firing of six missiles by Indian Amry that destroyed four enemy vessels.

Operation Trident was a successful operation and saw the first use of anti-ship missiles in combat in the region. Since then to commemorate the day, December 4 is celebrated as the Indian Navy Day.

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