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5th December, 2023 Security

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  • The Prime Minister on 4th December attended the program marking the ‘Navy Day 2023’ celebrations at Sindhudurg.


Historical Significance

  • Operation Trident (December 4, 1971): Marks a significant victory for the Indian Navy during the Indo-Pakistan War. Indian Naval Missile boats conducted a successful attack on the Karachi harbor, sinking four Pakistani vessels, including PNS Khaibar. This operation resulted in the loss of hundreds of Pakistani Navy personnel.
  • Remembering the 1971 War: Navy Day also honors and remembers the sacrifices made by individuals during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

Evolution of Navy Day Celebrations

  • Background: The Indian Navy, as the naval arm of the Indian Armed Forces, plays a pivotal role in securing maritime borders and enhancing international relations.
  • Historical Celebrations: Navy Day initially coincided with the Royal Navy's Trafalgar Day. Over the years, the date of celebration shifted until it was officially set on December 4th in 1972, aligning with the triumph of Operation Trident.


Each year's Navy Day celebrations are themed, focusing on different aspects of the Navy's readiness, strength, and objectives.

  • 2023 Theme: "Operational Efficiency, Readiness, and Mission Accomplishment in the Maritime Domain."
  • 2021 Theme: “ Swarnim Vijay Varsh."
  • 2020 Theme: "Indian Navy Combat Ready, Credible & Cohesive."
  • 2019 Theme: "Indian Navy – Silent, Strong and Swift."
  • 2018 Theme: "Indian Navy, Mission-deployed and Combat-ready."
  • 2015 Theme (Possible): "Indian Navy – Ensuring Secure Seas for a Resurgent Nation."
  • 2014 Theme (Possible): "Indian Navy – Ensuring Secure Seas for a Resurgent Nation."
  • 2012 Theme (Possible): "Indian Navy – Maritime Power for National Prosperity."
  • 2008 Theme (Possible): "Reaching Out to Maritime Neighbours."


Q. Which of the following statements about the Indian Navy is correct?

A. The Indian Navy commemorates Navy Day on October 21st annually.

B. Operation Trident in 1971 marked the sinking of Indian Naval vessels by the Pakistani Navy.

C. The Indian Navy's Chief is appointed by the Prime Minister of India.

D. The Indian Navy celebrates Navy Week from December 1st to 7th.

Answer: D