Assault on Karachi Port: The Reason Why India Celebrates Navy Day

The attack on Karachi port that led to Pakistan’s defeat in the 1971 war was conducted on 4 December

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(This video was first published on 4 December 2016 and has been reposted from The Quint’s archives on the occasion of Navy Day.)

Every year, several people gather to watch Indian Navy performs a ‘beating the retreat’ ceremony at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on 4 December. The occasion is to celebrate the Navy Day. But why do we celebrate it of 4 December?

The answer is Operation Trident. This lethal offensive conducted by the Indian Navy on Karachi port wreaked severe damage and set the stage for Pakistan’s crushing defeat in the 1971 war.

Video editor: Ashutosh Bharadwaj

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