I am pleased to learn that SP Guide Publications is publishing a special issue of SP’s Naval Forces on the occasion of the Navy Day 2020.
Navy Day 2020 is a special occasion for the Indian Navy, as indeed for the nation, as we mark the commencement of the Swarnim Vijay Varsh to commemorate 50 years of India’s victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The year-long event, to be held between Dec 2020 and Dec 2021 would showcase events related to the 1971 war and the liberation of Bangladesh. The crucial role played by the Indian Navy in the 1971 War, both on the Western and Eastern seaboards, would form part of these events.
A strong and capable Indian Navy is critical in protecting India’s national interests in the maritime domain. As India looks to emerge as a $5Tn economy and assure the well-being of its citizens, the Indian Navy would continue to play an important role in providing an enabling environment at sea that supports nation-building and progress.
I am confident that this special issue would inform its readers, not only about the Indian Navy’s rich historical moorings, but also the significance of the seas and the role of the Indian Navy in national development.
I wish the publication the very best in its endeavours.