Republic Day 2021: Navy tableau to relive 1971 Karachi harbour attack
In an attempt to highlight defining moments of naval operations during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the Indian Navy will showcase its stellar role during the 1971 war during the Republic Day parade on January 26 in Delhi. Anish Singh reports
The Indian Navy's tableau will depict a missile boat firing the missile.
The forward part of the tableau will display the attack on Karachi harbour by missile boats while the rear section would illustrate the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant conducting flying operations with Sea Hawk and Alize aircraft.
On the night of December 4 and 5, 1971 Indian Navy's missile boats carried out attacks on Karachi harbour as part of Operation Trident and Operation Python on the night of December 8 and 9.
"The air operations from INS Vikrant led to sizeable damage to ships and shore installations of East Pakistan and contributed immensely towards the liberation of Bangladesh," Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
"While we celebrate our victory, we also acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of the Naval personnel who wrote this glorifying chapter of naval history. The tableau showcases photographs of eight naval awardees of Mahavir Chakra one of which was posthumous," he said.
On the sides of the trailer are murals depicting various ships that participated in the war, commando operations (Operation X) undertaken by the Navy along with Mukti Bahini and the surrender ceremony at Dhaka.