Navy celebrates Navy Day to commemorate its attack on Karachi harbour on December 4, 1971
Indian Navy demonstrated its multi-dimensional warfare capability during its Naval Operational Display off and at the Ramakrishna beach here on Wednesday afternoon.
The hard training, skill and capability of Navy’s warships of different kinds, aircraft, submarines, its officers and sailors and that of the elite Marine Commandoes was on display and enthralled the thousands of citizens, the number might be more than a lakh, who lined up along the beach road from Navy Coastal Battery to VUDA Park.
Indian Navy celebrates Navy Day on December 4 to commemorate its lethal and powerful missiles attack on the Karachi harbour on December 4, 1971 which paved the way for India’s victory in the war with Pakistan and Visakhapatnam, headquarters of Eastern Naval Command, is the only place in India where the Naval Operations Display is held every year to mark the Navy Day. The day culminates Navy Day during which ENC conducts many programmes.
For Vizagites the Navy’s show on the afternoon on December 4 every year is an important event and though there is not much variation from what they watch every year, they turn up for the event and the beach road and the many roads leading to it is a sea of humanity.
On Wednesday, people started moving towards the beach road even before noon to take up vantage points along the beach road. All flag officers and many other officers, sailors and their families, civilian officers and employees and local dignitaries were present.
This year’s chief guest of the function was Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of ENC Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra. Governor ESL Narasimhan could not come.
From the time Vice-Admiral Chopra along with his wife arrived at the venue at 4 p.m. and greeted by a burst of rockets and water plume charges, it was a non-stop show of Navy’s might for nearly one-and-a-half hours.
As sky divers of Navy dropped from a aircraft to the loud cheers of spectators, four ships sailed in a formation, led by INS Jalashwa, the third largest ship of Indian Navy, and soon four helicopters of different kinds, hovered over them and each one landed simultaneously on a moving ship and then took off, exhibiting the skill of their pilots. Missile Corvettes class of ships fired flares to simulate missile engagement with enemy ships. Then the elite Marine Commandoes (MARCOS) entered the scene in their Gemini boats, and displayed their speed, stealth and lethality in an operation of “blasting” an enemy oil rig and slithering down the rope hung from an helicopter to take over a hostile ship and search and rescue operation. Four commandoes hanging on to a rope hung from a helicopter enthralled the audience.
A demonstration of amphibious assault on an “enemy” position, with Army men reaching the beach in landing crafts and tanks moving around to demolish the position received applause.
Navy displayed its air arm when 17 aircrafts of eight different types took part in a fly past. They include the largest aircraft TU142, which took off from Arakkonam air station near Chennai to take part in the fly past.
This squadron has recently celebrated its silver jubilee. The recently inducted advanced jet trainer-Hawk 132 too was also there. This was followed by demonstration by a submarine. The show ended with a Beating Retreat by the 50-member ENC band and sunset ceremony after. Around 12 ships anchored off the beach were illuminated. A fireworks display on the shore concluded the show.
Missile Corvettes class of ships fired flares to simulate missile engagement with enemy ships Demonstration of amphibious assault on an ‘enemy’ position receives applause
Missile Corvettes class of ships fired flares to simulate missile engagement with enemy ships
Demonstration of amphibious assault on an ‘enemy’ position receives applause