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Pak Navy Day: Operation Dwarka 1965 – Celebrating the heroic achievements

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

08th Sep, 2020. 09:49 am
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Pak Navy Day

Today on September 08, Pakistan Navy (PN) is celebrating Pak Navy Day to commemorate heroic achievements during the 1965 war.

Pak Navy Day is observed to acknowledge the sacrifices and spirit of our Naval heroes who epitomized grit, courage and valour during the 1965 War.

The day reminds us of our valiant naval heroes who despite limited resources not only annihilated Indian air aggression but also inflicted humiliating defeat on the so-called mighty India.

Pakistan also recalls the heroic deeds and daring achievements of our Ghazis and martyrs who fought gallantly and humbled a much bigger adversary with their absolute faith in Allah.

On the night of 7/8 September 1965, a Flotilla comprising seven ships of Pakistan Navy, bombarded Indian port Dwarka in operation code named  ‘SOMNATH‘.

At that time, the only submarine PNS Ghazi was deployed off Bombay to look after the heavy units of the Indian Navy.

When the Indo-Pak war broke out on 6 September 1965, the Ghazi was assigned to keep a vigil off the Bombay harbor which at that time was packed tight with Indian warships including the aircraft carrier Vikrant.

The Ghazi was told not to tinker with smaller vessels, but focus on the heavier units. So effective was its blockade that no Indian warships dared run the gauntlet.

The Pakistani operation was successful and its warships harboured in Bombay, making the Indian Navy unable to sortie. Throughout the war Indian Navy’s aircraft-carrier was besieged in Bombay.

The second-in-command Lieutenant Commander Ahmed Tasnim and Lieutenant Zafar Muhammad Khan won Sitara-e-Jurat.

Moreover, PN has released a special documentary ‘Surkhro’ to pay tribute to the brave sons who epitomized grit and valour during the 1965 War.

Directorate General Public Relations of Pak Navy in a tweet mentioned that  the Docufilm is based on a successful Ops by PN to prevent Indian submarine from entering Pakistani waters during post Pulwama standoff.

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