"This is the best Navy Day for us. No celebrations, this is the celebration... uniting families. Our duty is to save peoples' lives and this occasion fills us with pride and humility", said a senior Naval official.
Under an able leadership, the naval base, located 70 kms south of Chennai, and the Tambaram Air Base, nearly 30 kms outside the capital city, have become the two nerve centres on the rescue operations map.
Over 600 rescued people were ferried today from the base named 'INS Rajali'. As people lined up to board aircraft on the tarmac here, they shook hands with naval staff and officials on duty.
Lt Commander Abhinav, who helped in crowd management, wished 'Happy Navy Day' to all on his megaphone, and as many people came to wish him back, he shook their hands strongly with pride flushed on his face.
"It is not the importance that we have as one of the three forces of the country, but what we do make us feel proud. Today is a day of festival for us, and by rescuing people or contributing to it, we are celebrating it", he said.
December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day to commemorate the start of operation Trident during 1971 Indo-Pak war.


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