Indian Navy ranks to be renamed: PM Modi unveils cultural shift at ‘Navy Day 2023’ event

Navy Day 2023: Highlighting India's global contributions, PM Modi underlined the impact of the 'Make in India' initiative and advanced technologies like Tejas aircraft and 'Kisan Drones'.

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Navy Day 2023: In a move reflecting pride in Indian heritage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the renaming of Indian Navy ranks to align with the country's cultural roots.

The announcement came during the 'Navy Day-2023' celebration at Tarkarli Beach, where the PM also applauded the Navy's strides in appointing the first woman commanding officer on a naval ship.

Honouring Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Commending the naval prowess of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, PM Modi emphasised the visionary nature of the great Maratha leader, who recognised the significance of commanding the oceans. The 'Sagar Mala' initiative, a part of the massive 'port-led development', aims to harness the full potential of the oceans, drawing inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's ideals.

'Make in India' and Aatmanirbhar Bharat

Highlighting India's global contributions, PM Modi underlined the impact of the 'Make in India' initiative, visible across various sectors, including space, oceans, and advanced technologies like Tejas aircraft and 'Kisan Drones'. The ethos of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' is evident in every field, showcasing India's self-reliance.

Rajnath Singh Stresses on Naval Advancements

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh acknowledged the transformation of the Indian Navy, evolving from a buyer Navy to a builder Navy under PM Modi's leadership. The recent commissioning of the first indigenous aircraft carrier marked a significant milestone. Singh highlighted the shift towards indigenisation, turning the Indian Navy into a blue water Navy from a coastal navy.

The event saw the unveiling of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's statue at Rajkot Fort, paying homage to the Maratha ruler's rich maritime legacy. The occasion was attended by top naval officers, government officials, and dignitaries from various fields.