Navy is a significant part in every country's defence systems, and Navy Day is a time to celebrate and glorify the naval forces and the brave officers who are unsung heroes of the world. Every country celebrates its own Navy Day on different dates.
Introduction of Indian Navy Day
Indian Navy is an integral part of the Indian Army. It plays a significant part in the country's defence system. It keeps the country safe and ensures the safety of the trade routes through the ocean and helps the people during natural calamities.
Indian Navy Day is celebrated annually on 4th December. It commemorates the role and significance of the Indian Navy for the country. It celebrates the achievements and importance of the Naval Force of the country.
History of Indian Navy Day
Indian Navy was originally established by the British East India Company in 1612. It was called Royal India Navy, and then after independence, it was named Indian Navy in 1950.
Indian Navy Day was celebrated for the first time in 1944. It was celebrated to have a greater reach in the general public and also to create awareness. It was initially celebrated along with the Royal Navy's Trafalgar Day.
It is celebrated on 4th August in order to commemorate and remember Operation Trident. In 1971, a war broke out between India and Pakistan when the Pakistan Air Force attacked the airfields in the Western part of India on 3rd December.
The Indian Navy inflicted severe damage to the Pakistani forces but didn't suffer any losses itself. It resulted in the sinking of four Pakistani vessels and destroyed all of the fuel fields in Karachi, Pakistan. The Naval officers who were a part of this mission were presented with several awards.
Indian Navy Day is celebrated to ensure the country's safety and develop relationships with foreign countries by working together, relief operations and other missions.
Significance of Indian Navy Day
The Indian Navy celebrates the victory of the Indian Navy over the Pakistani forces in a war in 1971. It also celebrates and glorifies the brave officers who fought to save the country. Indian Navy is the seventh-largest and strongest naval force in the world. It celebrates the strength and courage of the officers who selflessly protect the country with utmost dedication.
Some events like sea swimming competitions are also held during Navy Week. Also, there are performances done by the Naval Symphonic Orchestra and lunch with the veteran soldiers. Quiz competitions are also held in the Naval schools. The Indian Navy has also undergone several developments and renovations to improve its efficiency to serve in the Indian Ocean. The Indian Army consists of over sixty-seven thousand crew and members and around one hundred and fifty submarines and warships.
It is a day of pride and celebration of the brave hearts of the country who jump into any problem and solve it efficiently and protect the country.
Indian Navy Day 2021 Date
When is Indian Navy Day 2021?
Indian Navy Day for the year 2021 is celebrated/observed on Saturday, 4 December.
Indian Navy Day dates for the years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026
|When is ...?||Date||Day of the week|
|Indian Navy Day 2021||December 4||Saturday|
|Indian Navy Day 2022||December 4||Sunday|
|Indian Navy Day 2023||December 4||Monday|
|Indian Navy Day 2024||December 4||Wednesday|
|Indian Navy Day 2025||December 4||Thursday|
|Indian Navy Day 2026||December 4||Friday|
The theme of Indian Navy Day
This day is based on a particular theme every year, like the heme for the Indian Navy Day of 2020 was how the Indian Navy is always ready for combat, is credible and is cohesive. The theme for the year 2021 hasn't been known yet.
How Is Indian Navy Day Celebrated?
Initially, the day was celebrated by organizing parades and processions in the various port cities of the country and arranging meetings. Celebrations start from a week prior to the actual day, and this week is known as the Navy Week. Aircraft and warships owned by the Indian Navy are put out on exhibition, and visitors like school children are allowed to come and see them.
Photojournalists perform The Military Photo Exhibition at the Navy Fest. The Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT) organizes a community service program for the Indian Navy, the Good Hope Old Age Home. Students from the Navy Children School Chair put up programs, and the doctors in the Indian Army gives medical checkup to the members of the Indian Navy. Some programs like Navy Ball and Navy Queen are also held on this occasion.
The Commander of the Indian Navy or the President of India brings all the hips and submarines together and the sailors and other members. The members of the Indian Navy showcase their skills and talents in front of the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
Celebrations of Navy Day around the world:
- Chile- Navy Day in Chile is known as the Dia de las Glorias Navales, and it is a public holiday. It is celebrated on 21st May and marks the War of the Pacific in 1879.
- Argentina: The Navy Day in Argentina is celebrated on 17th May and marks the Battle of Montevideo.
- Bangladesh- Bangladesh celebrates Navy Day along with Independence Day when Naval Force came into being.
- Iran- Iran celebrates Navy Day on 28th November and marks the victory of the Iranian Navy in Operation Morvarid (Iran-Iraq war)
- Netherlands- Netherlands celebrates Navy Day on the first week of July and hold various events arranged by Royal Netherlands Army.
- Russia- Navy Day is a national holiday in Russia and is celebrated on the last Sunday of July. This day has connected to the day of The Battle of Gangut.
Celebrations within India:
- Visakhapatnam: The Eastern Naval Force organizes several events and other activities on Indian Navy Day. The day begins with a ceremony at the Victory at Sea Memorial, situated in Vizag. It is followed by the exhibition of the skills of ships and submarines, and aircraft.
Some Facts About the Indian Navy
- The Anti-ship Missile known as BrahMos, owned by the Indian Navy, is the fastest operating system of its kind.
- MARCOS, the Indian Navy's special unit, is designed to carry out missions in every environment- be it sea, land or in the air.
- Indian Navy owns one of the two naval aerobatic teams in the world. It is known as Sagar Pawan and was established in 2003.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is known to be the Father of the Indian Navy.
- The Indian Naval Academy is the largest Naval Academy situated in Asia.
- The Indian Navy played an important role in supporting the UK Army during the Second World War. It was known as the Royal Indian Navy back then.
- The first independent mission of the Indian Navy was the rescue of Goa from the Portuguese forces in the year 1961.
- Indian Navy is included in the top ten Naval forces in the world.
- The ship Viraat is the oldest aircraft carrier in the world.
- Most of the ships and submarines are made inside the country by indigenous methods.
- The Indian Navy has successfully completed its missions to the North Pole and the South Pole, and Mount Everest.
- Indian Navy helps in maintaining and developing diplomatic relations with foreign countries.
- The Indian Navy will own its first supercarrier by the year 2025.
- The President of India is the Commander of The Indian Navy.
The Indian Navy Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate and appreciate the efforts of the Naval officers who give up their families and sacrifice everything good in their lives in order to protect our nation. We should be proud of these unsung heroes and glorify them.