Ahead of the Navy Day today, a Beating Retreat ceremony was held at Mumbai's Gateway of India yesterday to celebrate the Indian Navy's achievements and pay a tribute to the sacrifices made by the personnel. Thousands of people gathered at the Mumbai's Gateway of India to witness the breathtaking performances by the Indian Navy. Here are some pictures from the Beating Retreat ceremony:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Indian naval personnel on the occasion. "On Navy Day, greetings to all navy personnel and their families," the Prime Minister tweeted, attaching a video of the Indian Navy showing its prowess in the sea.
On Navy Day, greetings to all navy personnel and their families. pic.twitter.com/O36rKhnC4I- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 4, 2017
The Indian Navy is the marine branch of the Indian Armed Forces and is led by the President of India as Commander-in-Chief. The Maratha Emperor, Chhatarpati Shivaji Bhosle is considered as 'Father of the Indian Navy'.
Navy Day is celebrated annually on December 4 to honour the maritime operations by the navy during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and also work towards securing the country's marine borders and bolstering relationships with other countries through humanitarian missions, calamity relief and joint exercises.
On Friday, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba had revealed that India's first indigenous aircraft carrier will be ready by 2020-end. Admiral Lanba said the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is not yet capable of operating from a ship and said that the Navy remains committed to the project and will induct the fighter jet's naval version when it is ready.
The spokesperson from Indian Navy also tweeted some pictures from Delhi's India Gate on the occasion. In the pictures, Admiral Sunil Lanba CNS, General Bipin Rawat COAS and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa were seen paying homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti.