President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted navy personnel and their families on Navy Day and praised their commitment to protect the nation.

In a message, Kovind said: “On Navy Day, my good wishes to all officers and men and women of the Indian Navy.”

“Nation is proud of your commitment in protecting our maritime frontiers, securing our trade routes, and providing assistance in times of civil emergencies.”

PM Modi, in his message said that the Indian Navy has served the nation with great diligence.

In a tweet, Modi said: “On Navy Day, greetings to all navy personnel and their families.”

Modi posted a short video along with his tweet in which he highlighted the Indian Navy’s moments of glory and valour.

Modi said India’s glorious naval tradition dates back to times of the Chola Empire and the empire of Shivaji Maharaj.

“Indian Navy secures and protects our maritime boundaries. I congratulate all those who belong to the Navy. After Independence, our Indian Navy showed its valour on various occasions; be it the liberation struggle of Goa or the Indo-Pak war,” Modi said.

“The Indian Navy has served the nation with great diligence. When we talk of the Navy, we see only war but the Indian Navy has come forward in humanitarian ventures as well,” he added.

“We Indians, always nurture feeling of pride and respect towards our security forces- army, navy or air force; every countryman salutes courage, bravery, valour, chivalry and sacrifice of our soldiers. They sacrifice their youth for country so that 125 crore countrymen live in peace,” he said further.

December 4 is celebrated as the Navy Day in India, to commemorate the start of Operation Trident during the India-Pakistan War of 1971.