To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Indian victory in the 1971 war, the year 2021 is being celebrated as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’. As part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh activites in Southern Naval Command, the Victory Flame lit by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being carried to Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of Islands. The Victory Flame will be in the Islands from April 05-14, 2021. The Victory Flame is embarked onboard INS Sujata in Kochi on April 5, 2021 and will arrive at Minicoy on April 6, 2021.
The Flame will be thereafter carried to Androth (06 Apr 21), Kavaratti (09 &13 Apr 21), Amini, Kadmat (April 11, 2021) and Bitra (April 12, 2021) islands respectively. The Victory Flame will be visiting the houses of War Veterans who are native of these islands and have participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The Victory Flame will depart Kavaratti on April 14, 2021 onboard INS Kalpeni for handing over back to Naval Base Kochi.