New Delhi, 04 Dec 23 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Navy Day 2023 celebrations at Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, marking the occasion with operational demonstrations by the Indian Navy’s ships, submarines, aircraft, and special forces. The Prime Minister, inspecting the guard of honor, praised the dedication of navy personnel and emphasized the historical significance of Sindhudurg Fort in recognizing the importance of naval strength.
Addressing the audience, PM Modi expressed pride in celebrating Navy Day from Sindhudurg, underlining Shivaji Maharaj’s foresight in building a powerful navy. He paid tribute to warriors like Kanhoji Angre and others, highlighting their enduring inspiration. Inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s ideals, Modi announced that naval officers’ new epaulettes would reflect Shivaji Maharaj’s heritage, emphasizing the commitment to Indian traditions.
The Prime Minister lauded the appointment of India’s first woman commanding officer in a naval ship, symbolizing the government’s dedication to strengthening Nari Shakti in the armed forces. He underscored the trust of 140 crore Indians as India works towards ambitious goals, emphasizing the positive outcomes of unity and resolutions.
Reflecting on India’s maritime history, PM Modi highlighted the country’s victories, courage, knowledge, and scientific achievements. He spoke of India’s maritime strength, lamenting its loss in the past, and emphasized the government’s focus on regaining the lost glory through the Blue Economy.
Addressing present challenges, PM Modi stated that India is at a crucial juncture in history, shaping the future for centuries. He highlighted India’s economic progress, self-reliance, and global partnerships, pointing to the rise of a ‘Vishwa Mitra’ in India. The Prime Minister also discussed the government’s commitment to coastal and border villages’ development and the importance of improving lives in coastal areas.
PM Modi outlined the significance of Konkan’s development, citing infrastructure projects, medical colleges, and initiatives for cashew farmers. He emphasized heritage preservation and development, stating the government’s commitment to conserving forts and promoting tourism.
In conclusion, PM Modi spoke of the new tradition of holding armed forces day events outside Delhi, expanding the celebration’s reach across India.
The event saw the presence of dignitaries, including Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Ramesh Bais, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Eknath Shinde, Union Minister of Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar.
Navy Day, observed on December 4 annually, honors India’s maritime heritage. The celebrations at Sindhudurg paid homage to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, inspiring the new Naval Ensign adopted last year during the commissioning of INS Vikrant. The operational demonstrations showcased the Indian Navy’s multi-domain operations, contributing to national security and fostering maritime consciousness.