Photographs By: Azad Shrivastav
CITY’S OWN NAVAL DISPLAY!
On Sunday evening, Mumbai witnessed a show of power and agility displayed by the Indian Navy's Western Naval Command at the Gateway of India. An annual celebration to mark the success of the Indian Navy which was instrumental in India winning the 1971 war against Pakistan while causing irreparable damage to Pakistan's port at Karachi. The events included the Beating Retreat and the Tattoo Ceremony as part of the Navy Day celebrations which is celebrated on December 4. The host of the day was Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra while the chief guest for the event was Governor Vidyasagar Rao. Large crowds turned up to witness the event whichincluded fly past by naval helicopters, Continuity Drill and Hornpipe Dance by the Sea Cadet Corps. The event concluded with illumination of ships and shore establishments near Gateway of India. The Beating Retreat and Tattoo Ceremony were performed by the Indian Naval Band with Beating of Retreat being performed before sunset and the Tattoo Ceremony being performed after sunset.
Afternoon D&C photographer, Azad Shrivastav captures images of the Naval spirit from the Gateway of India on the Navy Day.
Did You Know
While many consider the Beating Retreat and the Tattoo Ceremony to be one and the same, there is a difference in the purpose of the two ceremonies. While Beating Retreat ceremony has its origin in the practice of early warfare when drums were sounded to order soldiers to disengage from combat and retreat as the daylight faded and return to the camp, the Tattoo Ceremony is an order for the troops to proceed to the individual encampment after sunset.