On Independence Day, Flag Raised on Indian Navy Ships Across 6 Continents

To mark 75 years of independence, the tricolor will be hoisted on August 15 across six continents, three oceans and six different time zones, aboard seven Indian Navy ships which will make commemorative visits to foreign ports, officials said.

The tours were organized under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and the Navy ships will visit foreign ports on all continents except Antarctica.

In Asia, INS Chennai and INS Betwa will visit Muscat in Oman and INS Saryu will visit Singapore. In Africa, INS Trikand will travel to Mombasa, Kenya. In Australia, INS Sumedha will travel to Perth. In North America, INS Satpura will travel to San Diego, USA. In South America, INS Tarkash will travel to Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil and in Europe, INS Tarangini will travel to London.

The Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that various activities and events have been planned in each of these ports by Indian missions for Independence Day. The most significant of these would be the hoisting of the Habs aboard these ships in the presence of the Indian diaspora and eminent local dignitaries.

Other planned activities include official calls by the navy crew to the senior leadership of the host nation, participation of the navy contingent in flag hoisting ceremonies at the respective embassies, music performances in public places and substantial auditoriums, a ship being open to visitors, visits by school children and the Indian diaspora, deck reception and various cultural events organized by Indian embassies. In London, the crew of the INS Tarangini will pay homage to the Indian soldiers who died during the two world wars at the gates of the Commonwealth Memorial.

Likewise, a wreath laying ceremony by the Navy delegation is planned at Kranji War Memorial and Indian National Army (INA) Marker in Singapore.

In Mombasa, the crew will participate in the unveiling of a memorial pillar at the battlefield area of ​​the Taita Taveta region where Indian soldiers fought and sacrificed their lives while serving in the African Campaign of the East of the First World War.

Under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a great number of activities have been undertaken by the Navy over the past year, both at home and abroad. Commemorative ship visits to 75 Indian ports in 2021-22, review of the President’s fleet aligned with the 75th year of independence, a sailing expedition called Lokayan 2022, display of a monumental national flag in Mumbai, outreach programs community in all coastal districts of India, Freedom races in different cities, sailing regattas, mountaineering and cycling expeditions, blood donation camps, coastal cleanup efforts, seminars and events on India’s rich maritime heritage were organized, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.