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Operation Trident and its significance


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Operation Trident

Mains level: Liberation of Bangladesh

Every year, India celebrates December 4 as Navy Day to commemorate Operation Trident – a key offensive during the 1971 India-Pakistan War. This year, it is the 50th anniversary of the victory in the 1971 War.

This newscard is crucial for the CAPF aspirants. It hardly holds any importance for CS prelims. But the grit, glory and honour of our armed forces is a matter of pride that every CS aspirants should know.

Operation Trident

  • The India-Pakistan War of 1971 had begun on December 3, when the Pakistan Air Force launched pre-emptive strikes on airfields in Western India.
  • Following the Battle of Longewala, the Indian Navy inflicted heavy damage on Pakistani vessels in Karachi harbour.
  • India responded by formally declaring war in the wee hours of December 4.
  • On December 4, under Operation Trident, the Indian Navy sank three vessels near the Pakistani port city of Karachi.
  • The Indian Air Force also played a crucial role, when Karachi’s Kemari oil tanks were strafed by the IAF on the same day in an independent operation which it did not claim.

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