First time major operational demonstration outside naval station
New Delhi: On Navy Day, December 4, the Indian Navy will showcase its operational prowess and capabilities through an 'Operational Demonstration' at the iconic Maratha fort Sindhudurg on the western seaboard of India. This is the first time such a major operational demonstration is organised outside a major naval station. The event will feature a spectrum of naval operations conducted by ships and aircraft, with the participation of 20 warships and 40 aircraft, including the MiG 29K and LCA Navy. A highlight will be a combat beach reconnaissance and assault demonstration by the Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy.
In a departure from tradition, the armed forces have begun celebrating their annual days outside Delhi since last year. Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, will host the event, which will be observed from the Tarkarli beach by senior Centre and State government officials, military dignitaries, and the local people.
Constructed in 1660 by the Maratha Ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Sindhudurg Fort holds historical significance in India's maritime history and fulfills the Navy’s requirement for an operational demonstration with its frontline assets. The fort served as the coastal capital of the Maratha Empire and a key naval base during Shivaji Maharaj's time.
Located 550 km from Mumbai and approximately 135 km from the naval station at Goa, the Sindhudurg Fort provides an ideal backdrop 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.
Notably, last year's Navy Day celebrations took place in Vizag with the President as the Chief Guest.