The legendary Admiral SM Nanda

Admiral SM Nanda – The Man who steered Indian Navy to a powerful victory throughout 1971 Indo -Pak Conflict

New Delhi (India), October 12: Hailed and revered because the Conflict hero behind the one historic Indian Naval victory scripted in the1971 Indo-Pak Conflict, the legendary Admiral Nanda orchestrated Operations Trident and Python, a daring naval assault on Karachi citadel of Pakistani Navy, setting it aflame and inflicting colossal injury to its naval fleet, which proved a watershed second within the 1971 Conflict, resulting in the give up by Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh from the erstwhile East Pakistan. 

It’s about time that the Architect of the Historic Indian Navy Victory in 1971 warfare in opposition to Pakistan is honoured by bestowing upon him the honour and rank of the ‘Admiral Of The Fleet’ posthumously as a should befitting tribute to one among India’s most interesting Naval officers, who awed the world.

Immediately a grateful nation remembers and pays homage to former Indian Navy Chief Admiral SM Nanda on his 108th delivery anniversary. A distinguished naval officer and strategist par excellence, Admiral Nanda created maritime historical past for unbiased India by his visionary and daring management within the 1971 Indo-Pak Conflict.

Admiral Nanda orchestrated Operations Trident and Python, daring naval assaults on Karachi the citadel of Pakistani Navy, setting it aflame and inflicting colossal injury to its naval fleet which proved a watershed second within the 1971 Conflict resulting in the creation of an unbiased Bangladesh from the erstwhile East Pakistan. 

Man of Uncommon Conviction 

Admiral Nanda was gifted with a uncommon sort of conviction, farsightedness and rock-solid dedication to take on challenges head on. His agency command led the Indian Navy to play an important function in India’s wartime victory, his strategic acumen and dedication to the nation’s maritime safety has left an indelible mark on our naval historical past, making him a revered determine within the nation’s navy annals, as the person who scripted the one victory within the naval historical past of India and that too with none casualty on our aspect.

‘And if warfare comes once more, I guarantee you that we will carry it proper into the enemy’s largest ports like Karachi .I do know this harbour fairly nicely, for I began my profession there. And you’ve got my phrase that given the chance, the Indian Navy will make the world’s largest bonfire of it .’

– Admiral S M Nanda, then Chief of the Naval Employees, at a press convention in Jamnagar, November 1971.

The Man Who Bombed Karachi Port

Below the stellar management of Admiral Nanda, the Indian Navy’s wartime ways shocked the world. The bombing of Karachi from the ocean within the 1971 Conflict, braving all odds and challenges was a daring and unbelievable feat by the Indian Navy that phenomenally exemplified his resilience, farsightedness and conviction to win the warfare.

His dashing persona and decisive determination making had been significantly applauded by then political management, who had given him a free hand in taking Operation Trident and Operation Python to its logical conclusion, which led to the devastation of Karachi port.

Admiral Nanda additionally strategically deployed missile boats, which attacked naval targets and an oil tank farm at Keamari port. Operation Trident sank Pakistan Navy destroyer PNS Khaibar, minesweeper PNS Muhafiz, an ammunition-carrying ship MV Venus Challenger. Operation Python proved the final nail within the Pak Navy’s coffin.

Hailed and revered because the ‘Man Who Bombed Karachi’ using the daring Russian utilized Missile Boats throughout 1971 Indo-Pak Conflict, Admiral Nanda was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, for his excellent courageousness through the warfare.

A Sensible Strategist

Towards the menace that Pakistan’s Ghazi submarine posed, Admiral Nanda devised an modern technique whereby he feigned a defensive deployment of our plane service southeast in the direction of the Andaman Islands and lured the Ghazi submarine positioned outdoors Visakhapatnam harbour to its watery grave. 

Within the Japanese theatre, Admiral Nanda deliberate the deployment of the plane service INS Vikrant within the Gulf of Bengal off East Pakistan to open a entrance from seaward to blockade it and stop reinforcements or provides from reaching it. Concurrently, he lent his assist for the coaching of Bangladesh freedom fighters, who went on to sabotage enemy transport and cripple the port operations in East Pakistan. 


What Admiral Nanda was in a position to obtain was extraordinary and unprecedented. The victory was so astounding and decisive that utilizing the Missile Boats – meant for restricted defensive purposes– even amazed the Russians, who weren’t able to imagine that their boats may go up to now and so fiercely and inflict a lot injury to the enemy.

“My Nice Indian pals have achieved the unimaginable,” Admiral of the Heroic Fleet of the Soviet Union (Glavkom) – Gorshkov shared his astonishment and alacrity with Admiral Nanda over his exceptional triumph.

Even the American Admiral in his inscription on his memoir ‘ON WATCH,’ by Elmo R Zumwalt Jr, Admiral USN (Retd) wrote: “To Admiral SM Nanda who knew the important thing, in 1971, to avoiding mishap! With respect!” Admiral Zumwalt, who was the Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy, in 1971 and led the U S Seventh Fleet to intimidate India through the 1971 Indo Pak warfare.

Admiral Zumwalt visited India and in a letter dated sixth December 1989 to Admiral Nanda, shared the inscribed copy of his e book ‘ON WATCH’ whereby he mentions: “Right here, in India, Admiral Nanda, now retired, instructed us that his directions to his ships at the moment had been – If you happen to encounter US Navy ships, invite their captains onboard for a drink.”


The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi congratulated Chiefs of the three providers, Common Sam Manekshaw, Admiral SM Nanda and Air Chief Marshal PC Lal for his or her exceptional feat.

A befitting acknowledgement of the magnificent providers and extraordinary management Admiral Nanda offered to the Indian Navy throughout a crucial juncture within the nation’s historical past would be the conferment of ‘Admiral of the Fleet’ honour on him. 

This gesture will function a reminder of the dedication, braveness, strategic brilliance and unwavering dedication for excellence displayed by the Indian Navy beneath the magnificent management of Admiral Nanda for ages to return and provides a way of pleasure to Indians for successful a historic Naval Battle in opposition to extreme odds.

Let Admiral Nanda’s Reminiscence Stay Lengthy 

By giving this due recognition posthumously to Admiral Nanda, an emblem of inspiration and a testomony to the indomitable spirit of the Indian Navy, we are going to solely be certain that his nice legacy conjures up present and future generations of naval officers to uphold the best requirements of professionalism and dedication within the protection of their nation’s sovereignty. 

Admiral Nanda had a charismatic persona, who motivated his fledgling Navy to realize the unimaginable, foresaw the larger image, ensured swift planning and adaptation to extremely dynamic wartime circumstances and led by instance so as to add a scintillating feather in India’s ever dazzling armour.

How magnificent was Admiral Nanda as a Naval chief has been fantastically described later by one among his successors the  Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta in his tribute to him in 2009: “He (Admiral Nanda) will all the time be remembered in probably the most glowing phrases for his management of the Indian Navy through the Indo-Pak Battle of 1971, wherein the Indian Navy carved its identify in golden letters within the annals of historical past by its sterling offensive actions.”

When you have any objection to this press launch content material, kindly contact to inform us. We are going to reply and rectify the scenario within the subsequent 24 hours.