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Navy of Ancient India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: IE

 Context: On Navy Day (4th December 2004), the PM paid tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, unveiling his statue at Sindhugarh, Maharashtra.


Why Navy Day is celebrated on 4th December?

The Indian Navy celebrates 4th December as Navy Day every year to acknowledge the role of the Indian Navy and commemorate its achievements in ‘Operation Trident during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.


Announcements made:

  • Highlighting Shivaji’s naval insight, the PM announced naval epaulettes (an ornamentalshoulder piece on an item of clothing) featuring Shivaji’s emblem.
  • The new Naval Ensign features the octagonal design of Shivaji’s seal
  • The Indian Navy named its training (at Lonaval) establishment INS Shivaji and logistics hub (at Mumbai) INS Angre after Maratha naval commander Kanhoji Angre.