INS Khukri Memorial, Daman and Diu

INS Khukri Memorial was built as a shrine in memory of an Indian Naval ship which is known to have descended during India Pakistan war in the year 1971. Going back into the pages of history, INS Khukri was a British type 14 warship made up of black wood used by the Indian Navy. It is remembered as the only warship of the Indian Navy to have lost in war post-independence. During the 1971 Indo-Pak war the INR Khukri sunk in the shores of Gujarat as a result of the attack made by Daphne class underwater craft Hangor of Pakistan Navy.

The event took place on the 9th of December. The INS Khukri consists of 5 boats namely Khukri, Kalveti, Kirpan, Kuthar and Krishna. History has witnessed her falling prey to three torpedoes fired by the submarine of Pakistan. The attack was of huge consequence. A troop of 18 officers and 176 sailors lost their lives due to the attack. The commanding officer of the ship Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla, who was prestigiously bestowed with the title of Mahavir Chakra of Indian Navy, fought till his last breadth to handle the situation and ended his life along with the sinking ship.

The INS Khukri Memorial is just a monument made to showcase the strength, vigour and braveness of the entire army of officers and other subordinates who fought till the dusk of their lives. The INS Khukri memorial was formally inaugurated on 15th December 1999 and is proudly standing in a hill top off the Chakratirth beach in Diu. The dummy ship displayed at the memorial portrays the unmatched fight put up by Indian Navy and is definite to remind people of the huge event of history.

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