I-Day: Indian Navy to hoist tricolor on six continents across three oceans

On the day India turns 75, warships will hoist the tricolor across six continents as a local howitzer for the first time forms part of the ceremonial 21-gun salute with the British guns which are traditionally fired up now.

Over the past month and a half, the Indian Navy has orchestrated the deployment of its ships so that they can raise the national flag on August 15 across six continents, three oceans and six different time zones in the presence of the Embassy. local. civil servants and the diaspora.

The INS Chennai guided missile destroyer and the INS Betwa frigate will be in Muscat, Oman, in West Asia, while the INS Saryu patrol boat will be in Singapore. INS Trikand will be in Mombasa in Kenya (Africa), INS Sumedha in Perth (Australia), INS Tarkash in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (South America), INS Satpura in San Diego (North America) and the sailboat INS Tarangini in London (Europe).

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In London, the crew of INS Tarangini would pay tribute to Indian soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice during both world wars, at the gates of the Commonwealth Memorial.

Likewise, a wreath laying ceremony by the crew of the Indian Navy vessel is planned at the Kranji War Memorial and INA Marker in Singapore. In Mombasa (Kenya), the crew will participate in the unveiling of a memorial pillar in the battlefield area of ​​the Taita Taveta region where Indian soldiers fought and sacrificed their lives while serving in the campaign of East Africa in the First World War.

Memorial events in Kenya will also include battlefield tours, a mobile exhibition and a sound and light show at Fort Jesus highlighting the contribution of Indian soldiers in World War I as well as the struggle for Indian independence.

During the main celebratory event at the Red Fort, one of the main attractions would be the indigenous prototype of the advanced towed artillery gun system, developed by DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment, Pune in partnership with Bharat Forge.

Special guests at the ceremony would be NCC cadets from each district and people from poor socio-economic backgrounds who are typically overlooked. These include Anganwadi workers, street vendors, MUDRA borrowers and morgue workers. More than 7,000 guests are expected at the Red Fort event for which Delhi police have sewn an elaborate safety net spread across the city.