This year the theme of the Navy Day is 'Indian Navy-Salient, Strong and Swift'. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his wishes to Navy personnel.
December 4 is celebrated as Navy Day to commemorate the decisive naval action by the Indian Naval ships on Karachi Port, which heralded the victory of India over Pakistan in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
Rawat along with Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh was speaking at an event of Indigenous Defence Equipment Exporters Association.
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma had challenged the appointment of Singh as the new Navy Chief. He had questioned the government's decision of overlooking him for the post despite him being the seniormost officer in the force. However, the Defence Minister had rejected Verma's plea on May 17.