Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta was the chief guest at a reception hosted by Rear Admiral K. Srinivas, Station Commander, Navy Hyderabad Station, as part of the Navy Week celebrations on Wednesday.

A large number of serving and retired senior officers from the three services, heads of defence institutions and DRDO laboratories and senior government officials participated in the event held each year to commemorate the Karachi harbour bombing during the 1971 conflict.

“I still remember the announcement on radio about the bombing of the Karachi harbour by the Indian Navy on December 4, 1971. It effectively broke the supply link between the then east and west Pakistan paving the way for the Indian victory and creation of Bangladesh,” Justice Sengupta recalled. Later, he released the Navy Day brochure. Rear Admiral Srinivas recounted the Indian Navy’s journey from a nascent ‘brown-water’ force to a true blue naval force and said that indigenisation plays a major part in Navy’s future plans. “Collaboration between academia, research institutions, industry and the Navy can ensure availability of sustainable technologies to the sailors,” he said. Lawns of Navy House were decorated with banners and photographs depicting various aspects of naval operations on the occasion.

Veterans recall the Indian Navy’s growth from a nascent ‘brown-water’ force to a true blue naval force at the Navy Week celebrations