December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day to celebrate the Indian Navy’s achievement and as a tribute to the courage and determination made by the Indian Navy during the 1971 war.
Navy Day, or Indian Navy Day, the leading days are celebrated as Navy Week where a score of activities takes place across the country.
The Navy also organises a Beating Retreat ceremony at Gateway of India in Mumbai on the eve of the Navy Day. The Indian Naval Band performs across places between Gateway of India and Radio Club in Mumbai.
Indian Navy Day 2019 Theme
Every year, a different theme is decided for the Indian Navy day. Last year, it was “Indian Navy, Mission-deployed and Combat-ready.” And for Navy Day 2019, the theme is “Indian Navy – Silent, Strong and Swift.”
Indian Navy Day 2019 history
Navy Day will be celebrated in many countries in different dates. Several nations observe or have observed a Navy Day to recognize their navy. Navy day in India is observed on December 4 , 1971 every year to celebrate the achievements and role of the naval force to the country.
December 4 was chosen as on that day in 1971, during Operation Trident, the Indian Navy sank four Pakistani vessels including PNS Khaibar, killing hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel. On the day, those killed in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 are also remembered.
During the days leading up to Navy Day, during Navy Week and the days prior to that, various events take place such as an open sea swimming competition, ships are open for visitors and school children, there is a veteran sailors lunch, performances by the Naval Symphonic Orchestra take place, an Indian Navy Inter School Quiz Competition happens, a Navy Half Marathon, as well as an air display for school children and the beating retreat and tattoo ceremonies, happen.