Kochi 05 Apr 2021: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Indian victory in the 1971 war, the year 2021 is being celebrated as ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’. As part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh activites in Southern Naval Command, the Victory Flame lit by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is being carried to Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of Islands. The Victory Flame will be in the Islands from 05-14 Apr 21. The Victory Flame is embarked onboard INS Sujata in Kochi on 05 Apr 21 and will arrive at Minicoy on 06 Apr 21.

The Flame will be thereafter carried to Androth (06 Apr 21), Kavaratti (09 &13 Apr 21), Amini, Kadmat (11 Apr 21) and Bitra (12 Apr 21) islands respectively. The Victory Flame will be visiting the houses of War Veterans who are native of these islands and have participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The Victory Flame will depart Kavaratti on 14 Apr 21 onboard INS Kalpeni for handing over back to Naval Base Kochi.