Navy Day 2019: Indian Warships Attacked Karachi Harbour With Anti-Ship Missiles And Sank PNS Khaibar
Every year on 4th December Indian Navy commemorates the victory of Indo-Pak war of 1971 as Navy Day. On this day, Indian Navy launched a fierce attack on Karachi harbour with anti-ship missiles and it was for the first time that these missiles were used in this war.
Naval attack on Karachi port
It was the chill of the intervening night of December 4-5that Indian Navy sailed its warships towards Pakistani waters and inflicted heavy losses to Pak with their anti-ship missiles. But the most amazing thing is that they sailed safely back to Indian waters.
Three Indian warships – INS Nipat, INS Nirghat and INS Veer – sailed from Okha port in Gujarat towards Pakistani waters and reached 70 miles south of Karachi at night. They fired anti-ship missiles that sank a Pakistani vessel, PNS Khaibar. The Indian government honoured its naval officers with gallantry awards after the successful operation.
Navy Day celebrations
Celebrations start with a Beating Retreat ceremony at Gateway of India in Mumbai on the eve of the Navy Day. The audiences that include political bosses see naval band performing between Gateway of India and Radio Club in Mumbai. Also, the Navy opens its warships and aircrafts for visitors especially school children.
Objective of Navy Day
Navy Day encourages the Indian Navy to work towards securing marine borders and strengthening relations with neighbours through joint exercises and partnering in humanitarian missions and relief operations. It is a very important day for armed forces as it highlights the strength of India as a power.