On December 4, Navy Day, the Indian Navy will exhibit its operational prowess and capabilities through an ‘Operational Demonstration’ at the historic Maratha fort Sindhudurg on the western seaboard of India. This marks the first instance of such a significant operational demonstration being organized outside a major naval station. The event will showcase a range of naval operations conducted by 20 warships and 40 aircraft, including the MiG 29K and LCA Navy. A notable feature will be a combat beach reconnaissance and assault demonstration performed by the Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy.
Breaking from tradition, the armed forces have chosen to celebrate their annual days outside Delhi since the previous year. Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, will host the event, which will be witnessed from the Tarkarli beach by senior Centre and State government officials, military dignitaries, and local residents.
Constructed in 1660 by Maratha Ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Sindhudurg Fort holds historical significance in India’s maritime history and fulfills the Navy’s need for an operational demonstration with its frontline assets. The fort served as the coastal capital of the Maratha Empire and a crucial naval base during Shivaji Maharaj’s era.
Situated 550 km from Mumbai and around 135 km from the naval station at Goa, the Sindhudurg Fort provides an ideal setting for the Navy Day celebration. December 4 is dedicated to Navy Day in India, commemorating the Indian Navy’s role and achievements in ‘Operation Trident’ during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
It’s worth noting that last year’s Navy Day celebrations occurred in Vizag with the President serving as the Chief Guest.