As part of ongoing Swarnim Vijay Varsh Celebrations, Victory Flame arrived today at Naval Station Bheemunipatnam of Visakhapatnam district. The Victory Flame was brought to ‘Pratigya Sthal’ where it was received by Cmde Neeraj Uday, Station Commander, Naval Station Bheemunipatnam and Commanding Officer INS Kalinga and Capt Chetan R Upadhyay Commanding Officer INS Karna in the presence of 1971 war veteran Cdr M Sudhakar Rao (Retd). The Induction Ceremony was witnessed by Shri CH Srinivas Rao, ACP (North Zone), Visakhapatnam, other Veterans, naval personnel and their families with great zeal and enthusiasm.
The year 2021 is being observed as _‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’_ by the nation on the occasion of ‘Victory of Indian Armed Forces’ over Pakistan in the 1971 war for the liberation of Bangladesh. As part of the celebration, four Victory Flames were lit by Hon’ble Prime Minister at National War Memorial at Delhi on 16 Dec 20 and started their journey around the length and breadth of the country. Earlier, the Southern Victory Flame was formally inducted at Eastern Naval Command on 03 Sep 21 after it was brought to Visakhapatnam from Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Victory Flame also was taken to Sainik School, Korukonda on 04 Sep 21.