Pakistani forces surrendered at Dhaka on this day
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Eastern Naval Command observed the 38th anniversary of Vijay Diwas on Wednesday by paying rich tributes to the valiant personnel of the Armed Forces who made the supreme sacrifice in various operations including the 1971 war.
A floral wreath was placed at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, the Navy War Memorial on RK Beach, on Wednesday by Rear Admiral Dinesh Prabhakar, Project Director, Ship Building Centre (Visakhapatnam). A 19-men guard was paraded at the venue and a two-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the martyrs. The defence services all over the country celebrate Vijay Diwas on December 16 every year to commemorate the historic victory against Pakistan in 1971 war.
On this momentous day, the Pakistani Forces under the command of Lieutenant General A.A.K. Niazi surrendered at Dhaka, in the presence of the three tri-service theatre commanders of Indian Armed Forces - Lieutenant General J.S. Aurora, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command of the Army, Vice Admiral N. Krishnan, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command and Air Marshal H.C. Dewan, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command. It was on Dec 16, 1971, that a declaration of cease-fire was brought into force ending the Indo-Pak War and resulting in the birth of the sovereign country of Bangladesh.