Wednesday, December 2, 2015

INS Khukri Memorial, Diu

INS Khukri Memorial at Diu is a memorial built for the officers & sailors of INS Khukri. It is on a small hillock facing the area in Arabian Sea where the crew of the INS Khukri fought valiantly thirty-five years ago.



It was a Blackwood-class frigate that was sunk off the coast of Diu that fell prey to three torpedoes fired at her by a Pakistani Submarine during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. 



This was the first warship sunk in action by a submarine since World War II. It remains the post-Independence Indian navy's only warship to be lost in war to date.



Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla Mahavir Chakra of the Indian Navy, the then Commanding Officer of the ship, chose to go down with the warship. She sank down on 9th December with her a crew of 18 Officers and 176 sailors. 

23 comments:

genie said...

Historical stories and facts like this make me want to cry. All wars, how large or small, are tragic. The Commander was a true man to his men and to his ship. He died in honor as did the rest of the crew. This is a lovely memorial though it makes me so sad.

Melody Steenkamp said...

war is to powerfull if i may say so.... that ship will be to

joshidaniel.com said...

that is nice :)

Sylvia K said...

So very sad -- like all wars! A beautiful memorial, however, and I enjoyed seeing and reading your post for the day, Rajesh! Thank you for sharing. I do hope you and your family have a lovely weekend!!

ladyfi said...

A lovely memorial.

Jim said...

Great.
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eileeninmd said...

A wonderful memorial! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Irene said...

What a tragedy ... it's a beautiful memorial.

Happy weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely memorial

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing the history of this memorial. I love the fretwork reflection I can see.

Joyful said...

A poignant tribute in memorium. It is good to remember.

Rat said...

Nice tribute!

Thomas Lee said...

nice memorial

Matt Jerry OffenSend Kivatinos Nusimow said...

lovely.

Tony McGurk said...

Looks like it was quite a large ship. The ship I served on in the Australian Navy was torpedoed & sunk as a dive wreck off the coast of Western Australia after she was decommissioned. Lovely Memorial to the Officers & Crew who lost their lives serving their country.

Jennifer Martin said...

I do believe that khukri is the most popular weapon being used by Gurkha Regimental army.

Mimi Brad Pallin Henry Southworth said...

powerful.

Archana Kapoor said...

nice clicks :-)

Creatikaa said...

Wow amazing place. Nicely weaved with apt snaps Rajesh.

Ravish Mani said...

Thanks, Rajesh, for the info and lovely pics. :)

Datta Ghosh said...

Salute to the Martyrs of the Country, thanks for bringing forward the memorial

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

That's a great tribute. Thanks for the pictures... :-)

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Lovely pictures!