Monday, December 12, 2011

Indian Navy Celebrates `Killers Nite' 2011


  '40 Years of Valour'
Special Cover Issued from Mumbai on 2 December 2011

The Indian Navy celebrated the annual ‘Killers Nite’ on December 1, last to commemorate its Missile Boat Squadron’s daring and successful attack against the Pakistani maritime forces in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The attacks were carried out in two phases on the nights of December 4 and 5, 1971 and December 8 and 9. The offensive operations undertaken by the Indian Naval ships delivered a severe blow to Pakistan’s war effort and its will to sustain maritime operations. Karachi was heavily defended with anti-aircraft guns. French made Daphne submarines and Pakistani naval ships were reported to be patrolling outside the harbour and off the coast. Air cover was being provided by the advanced US made Sabre jets.
Within hours of outbreak of hostilities, the Missile Boat Group was ordered to execute operation Trident, the code name for the first attack on Karachi. The task group consisting of three OSA class missile boats, escorted by two Kamorta class anti-submarine patrol vessels, regrouped off Okha and charged towards Karachi. At 2150 hrs on December 4, the task group was 70 nautical miles south-west of Karachi. Soon thereafter, the task group detected patrolling Pakistani naval ships on their sensors. The deadly missiles were heading towards their targets which were soon hit. PNS Khyber, a destroyer and PNS Muhafiz, a minesweeper were sunk. Another Pakistani destroyer Shajehan was badly damaged. The fuel storage tanks at Karachi harbour were set ablaze, causing heavy loss.
Operation Trident was a thundering success with no damage to any of the ships of the Indian Naval Task Group, which returned safely. Operation Trident had introduced to the war, the first ever ship launched missiles in the region.
Enthused by the success of this attack, the Indian Navy planned another offensive operation, code named Python. The continued presence of the Indian Navy’s larger ships is the area gave enough indication to the Pakistani naval authorities that more offensive operations were in the offing. The Pak aerial surveillance was stepped up and their ships attempted to outsmart the Indian Navy by mingling with merchant shipping. Notwithstanding these measures by the Pakistanis, operation Python was launched on the night on December 8 and 9, 1971.
Despite bad weather and rough seas, the task group consisting of missile boat Vinash and two multipurpose frigates, executed the attack with razor sharp precision. INS Vinash approached close to the Karachi coast and fired four missiles. The first missile struck the fuel tanks at the Keamari Oil Farm. The other three missiles hit the merchant tankers Harmattan, Gulf Star and the Pakistani naval tanker Dacca. More than 50 percent of the total fuel requirement of the Karachi zone was reported to have been blown up. Operation Python was another great success. It further demoralised the Pakistani military and shattered their will to sustain war. The effect of the attacks was felt in the battles on both the western and eastern frontiers.
The missile boats which took part in the attacks in 1971, have since been de-commissioned and replaced by the modern and more potent ‘Veer’ class missile vessels. These ships now form the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron more popularly known as the ‘Killers Squadron’-the name inherited from their brave predecessors.
The ‘Killers Nite’ is held annually to commemorate these daring attacks and the gallant men who made them a success. The event was attended by senior Naval officers and civilian dignitaries. A number of retired Naval officers who had served in these ships and were associated with the offensive operations also joined the celebration to share their nostalgia with the new generation "Killers".
Writes Cdr R Madhusoodanan IN (Retd) in Sainik Samchar.

29 comments:

  1. Not if it could be interested in this. I started to create a website
    on filetelia and I have included a section of links. Well my
    proposal is this, if you want me like that
    I put the links page on your site and I will do the same with
    the link to your page, so we will create more traffic and more visitors.
    I leave my mail, I hope to hear from you.


    Thanks for seeing me:
    sellosmundiales@gmail.com
    http://www.sellosmundiales.netne.net

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!







    Maritime Courses India

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi I have created a website dedicated to philately. I'm starting to create them and want to know the opinion of people. See what you think the page. If you are interested in link exchange email me at the following address:
    sellonoticiero@gmail.com
    DO NOT HESITATE TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB and tell me what you think of the Web. If registering can download catalogs, OFFICIAL LEAVES AND TOTALLY FREE ALBUM SHEETS (only with registration):
    http://www.sellonoticiero.16mb.com/
    http://www.sellosmundiales.netne.net/

    ReplyDelete
  4. Keep up the great work with posting about shipping in Ontario. I hope to see more results. I am excited about what I have seen so far.

    ReplyDelete
  5. i must say it is nice and good blog you have i want to know about some thing Yacht Rental Dubai

    ReplyDelete
  6. Good Most of the ship building plant are used Aluminium Scaffolding product are used.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Sekhar,
    What an awesome portfolio you have, it makes me shiver to imagine a multitude of stamps you must have to be able to get recognized as a philatelist and postal history collector internationally! It’s amazing to know that you have started collecting stamps ever since it started in India. As for this blog post on Killers Nite, I am very intrigued by it. It’s really interesting to learn historical events of different countries by means of stamps. I checked out my favorite online stamp catalogue India and if you search in 1969, May 27, you will see a commemorative stamp for Ardaseer Cursetjee Wadia, a ship builder. In 1972, September 5, it’s V. O. Chidambaran Pilla. Also, you can find different types of Ships in February 18, 2001. Your blog and their catalogue makes philately all the more interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Inspiring writings and I greatly admired what you have to say , I hope you continue to provide new ideas for us all and greetings success always for you..Keep update more information..
    Python Training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is absolutely exceptional. Even though variety of article on this topic, this article carries a number of the treasured points which had been never be read in other articles.
    Pincodestreet

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for taking the time and sharing this information with us. It was indeed very helpful and insightful while being straight forward and to the point.
    mcdonaldsgutscheine.net/ | startlr.com/ | saludlimpia.com/

    ReplyDelete
  11. You have provided very good information through blog and it is very important. I was searching for similar information for a long time, which is received through your blog .
    Thank you so much.

    Pincodezone

    ReplyDelete
  12. Some blogs like this are surely be very much important for many of the peoples who are seeking such kind of information.Like this so much.
    Pincodestreet

    ReplyDelete
  13. You have provided very good information through blog and it is very important. I was searching for similar information for a long time, which is received through your blog .Thank you so much.
    Zkarts

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.
    Cabo San Lucas yacht Rentals

    ReplyDelete
  15. thanks for sharing these beautiful stamps and cancelations!
    Stamp Collecting Supplies

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hmm, it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well as an aspiring blog writer, but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any recommendations for newbie blog writers? I’d appreciate it.
    Best Selenium Training in Chennai | Selenium Training Institute in Chennai | Besant Technologies

    ReplyDelete
  17. Your very own commitment to getting the message throughout came to be rather powerful and have consistently enabled employees just like me to arrive at their desired goals.

    angularjs-Training in velachery

    angularjs-Training in annanagar

    angularjs Training in chennai

    angularjs Training in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  18. Well done! Pleasant post! This truly helps me to discover the solutions for my inquiry. Trusting, that you will keep posting articles having heaps of valuable data. You're the best! 
    python training in velachery | python training institute in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  19. Nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing the valuable information. it’s really helpful. Who want to learn this blog most helpful. Keep sharing on updated tutorials…
    Online DevOps Certification Course - Gangboard
    Best Devops Training institute in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  20. myTectra a global learning solutions company helps transform people and organization to gain real, lasting benefits.Join Today.Ready to Unlock your Learning Potential !Read More...

    ReplyDelete
  21. Really great post, I simply unearthed your site and needed to say that I have truly appreciated perusing your blog entries. I want to say thanks for great sharing.
    Java training in Chennai | Java training in Bangalore

    Java online training | Java training in Pune

    ReplyDelete
  22. The knowledge of technology you have been sharing thorough this post is very much helpful to develop new idea. here by i also want to share this.

    Data Science course in Chennai | Data science course in bangalore

    Data science course in pune | Data science online course

    Data Science Interview questions and answers

    ReplyDelete
  23. myTectra offers corporate training services in Bangalore for range of courses on various domain including Information Technology, Digital Marketing and Business courses like Financial Accounting, Human Resource Management, Health and Safety, Soft Skill Development, Quality & Auditing, Food Safety & Hygiene. myTectra is one of the leading corporate training companies in bangalore offers training on more than 500+ courses
    corporate training in bangalore
    top 10 corporate training companies in india
    corporate training
    corporate training companies
    along these we are going to help the professionals and students to crack their interview with interview questions and answers look a head into sites you might be like....
    jsp interview questions
    c++ interview questions
    spring interview questions and answers for experienced

    ReplyDelete
  24. Wow it is really wonderful and awesome thus it is very much useful for me to understand many concepts and helped me a lot. it is really explainable very well and i got more information from your blog.

    rpa interview questions and answers
    automation anywhere interview questions and answers
    blueprism interview questions and answers
    uipath interview questions and answers
    rpa training in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  25. myTectra a global learning solutions company helps transform people and organization to gain real, lasting benefits.Join Today.Ready to Unlock your Learning Potential !Read More...

    ReplyDelete
  26. I am thankful to the admin for this informative blog. You have shared such a knowledgeable blog with us. The Coaching and Institutes help the students for competitive examination through the atmosphere and study material.

    Indian Navy Training Institute Lucknow | SSC Coaching Institute in Lucknow

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog with us. I am so glad to see the importance of the IT services for the business. It makes the business develop more and more.

    SEO Company in Lucknow | IT Company in Lucknow

    ReplyDelete