Operation Dwarka 1965: First Victory Of Pak Navy Against India

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Operation Dwarka 1965: First Victory Of Pak Navy Against India|PakistanTribe.comSince partition of the sub-continent in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought four armed conflicts, in 1947, 1965, 1971 and the 1999 Kargil clash.Operation Dwarka was a naval operation commenced by the Pakistan Navy to attack the Indian coastal town of Dwarka on 7 September 1965.

This was the first use of Pakistan Navy in any of the Indo-Pakistan Wars.

The basic role of Pakistan Navy is to secure control of an area of the sea from any belligerent and containing enemy ships from approaching the coast and interfering with the trade and commerce.

At that time, the Submarine Ghazi was the only submarine that the Pakistan Navy had in 1965. The PN submarine was deployed off Bombay to look after the heavy units of the Indian Navy.

It spread a reign of terror in the rank and file of Indian warships and they could not come out of the harbour-including the aircraft carrier VIKRANT.

It was this blockade that enabled the Pakistan fleet to move in and blast the Indian naval fortress of Dwarka.

The objectives of operation were:

(a) To draw the heavy enemy units out of Bombay for the submarine GHAZI to attack.

(b) To destroy the radar installation at Dwarka.

(c) To lower Indian morale.

(d) And to divert Indian Air effort away from the north. On 7 September 1965, PNS BABUR, PNS KHAIBAR, PNS BADR, PNS JAHANGIR, PNS ALAMGIR, PNS SHAHJAHAN and PNS TIPU SULTAN were tasked to be in position 293 degrees , 120 miles from Dwarka light house by 071800 E/Sep with maximum power available.

These ships carried out bombardment of Dwarka about midnight using 50 rounds per ship.

The city of Dwarka was completely blacked out and target could only be identified on radar. At 0024 bombardment was ordered to commence when ships were 5.5 to 6.3 miles from Dwarka light. It took only four minutes to complete the bombardment, firing altogether about 350 rounds on the target.

There was no appreciable resistance from the enemy and the ships safely arrived at their patrol area by 0635 on 8 Sep.

The success of the Dwarka operation is attributed to the unflinching sense of alacrity to serve the nation beyond the call of duty marked by highest sense of patriotism and sacrifice.

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