EVERY year Dec 4 is celebrated as the Navy Day to commemorate the Indian Navy victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War. The Indian Navy uses the occasion to reach out to citizens through various mass contact programmes to spread awareness about the Navy and to enhance its image for National morale as well as projecting it as a much-wanted career option. Each year a central theme is promulgated by the Naval Headquarters for planning activities for the Navy Week. This year the promulgated theme is ‘Indian Navy – Combat Ready, Credible and Cohesive’.
However, this year due to restrictions imposed by COVID 19, the outreach has turned largely virtual. Some of the activities that are being undertaken to reach out to the masses without compromising on social distancing are as follows: –
The 360° Virtual Reality Tour of INS Vikramaditya. A short 360 Virtual Reality (VR) tour video of the upper decks of INS Vikramaditya, the Indian Navy aircraft carrier is prepared for public viewing. While watching the video, the viewer will be able to explore flight deck and other unclassified areas 360 degrees using his smartphone/ other devices.
The virtual Ship Open to Visitors ‘INS Mysore – A Walkaround’. Every year Naval ships are kept open for public viewing on Navy Day. This year a virtual tour is organised for viewers onboard a naval destroyer INS Mysore. The viewer will be provided with an experience of virtual walk around the ship’s prominent places with relevant briefings by the ship’s personnel.
A Navy Day Special Film including the Beating Retreat Ceremony. An exclusive film on Navy Day by Doordarshan, Mumbai will telecast the English version on 03 Dec and the regional ones will be telecasted on 04 Dec 2020. The documentary will have a message by the Flag Officer Commanding –in – Chief, Western Naval Command, glimpses of the Naval operations and band performances etc. The documentary will be telecasted in regional languages too.
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