New Delhi, Dec 4: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday commended Indian Navy's "dedication" to protect the country.
Extending his greetings on the 43rd Navy Day to the members of Indian Navy and their families, Mukherjee said the current geostrategic environment has enhanced the role and responsibilities of the Indian Navy in protecting the nation's maritime interests.
"The navy's successful induction of indigenously constructed warships and submarines and its integration of Indian-made equipment and systems symbolise India's growing maritime capabilities and quest for strategic self-reliance," the president said.
"It is indeed a matter of great pride and reassurance to the entire nation that the uniformed and civilian personnel of the navy have been serving the nation with utmost devotion and dedication. They have countered effectively growing challenges and maintained a constant vigil at sea," the president said.
"I am sure the Indian Navy will continue to ensure the security of maritime trade and international sea lanes vital for the nation's development; protect our vast coastline and contribute to regional peace and stability," he added.
Modi saluted the Indian Navy personnel and said in a tweet: "On Navy Day, I salute our navy personnel and the impregnable spirit and utmost devotion with which they protect our motherland."
He added: "The steadfast dedication and valour of our navy personnel is an unparalleled asset for our nation."