Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today described the Indian Navy as an “outstanding force” as he greeted it on the occasion of Navy Day. In a tweet, Rajnath Singh hailed the Indian Navy’s professionalism and particularly mentioned its efforts to keep India’s sea lanes safe.
“On the occasion of #indiannavyday2020 my greetings and best wishes to all personnel of this outstanding force. The @indiannavy is at the forefront of keeping our seas safe by ensuring maritime security. I salute their valour, courage and professionalism,” Mr Singh said.
Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria paid their tributes to the country’s fallen heroes at the National War Memorial on the occasion of the Navy Day.
Navy Day is celebrated every year on December 4 to commemorate the Indian Navy’s achievement in inflicting heavy damage on Pakistani vessels in Karachi harbour during the India-Pakistan war in 1971.
In a message, Admiral Singh reaffirmed the Navy’s steadfast commitment to ensure India’s maritime security and territorial integrity.
The Indian Navy has increased its surveillance missions and increased operational deployment in the Indian Ocean in the wake of increasing forays into the region by Chinese naval vessels and submarines.
“On the occasion of #NavyDay2020 we reaffirm #IndianNavy’s steadfast commitment to the service of the Nation and towards ensuring our maritime security & territorial integrity,” Admiral Singh said.
A number of union ministers, diplomats and prominent personalities conveyed their greetings to the Indian Navy on the occasion of the Navy Day.