The world's largest National Flag unveiled by the Western Naval Command near Gateway of India on the occasion of Navy Day, at Naval Dockyard, in Mumbai on Saturday. Image Credit: AFP

Mumbai: Marking the Navy Day 2021, the Indian Navy on Saturday exhibited the world’s largest national flag at the Western Naval Command here, opposite the iconic Gateway of India, an official said.

The Indian Tricolour made of khadi, measures 225 in length and 150 feet wide, weighing a staggering 1.40 tonnes (around 1,400 kg).

It was designed and manufactured by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission as part of the 75th Anniversary of Indian Independence.

“As the Indian Navy re-dedicates itself to the service of the nation on Navy Day, it renews its pledge and commitment to protect and promote national interests and serve the people of India through this small but important gesture of exhibiting the monumental national flag,” said an official.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier extended his greetings on the occasion of Navy Day and said Indian Navy personnel have always been at the forefront of mitigating crisis situations like natural disasters.

Sharing a snippet of one of his old episodes of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme where he talked about the Navy day, PM Modi tweeted, “Greetings on Navy Day. We are proud of the exemplary contributions of the Indian navy. Our navy is widely respected for its professionalism and outstanding courage. Our navy personnel have always been at the forefront of mitigating crisis situations like natural disasters.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh sharing a video of the Indian Navy on his Twitter wrote “On this special day commemorating Indian Navy’s daring ‘Operation Trident’ during 1971 war, my greetings and best wishes to all personnel of this outstanding force which continues to protect our national interest through maritime security.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended his greetings to Navy personnel and their families.

“Greetings to our brave Indian Navy personnel and their families on the special occasion of Navy Day. The nation is proud of our valorous Naval force for their commitment towards securing India’s maritime interests and helping the countrymen during the civil emergencies,” Shah tweeted.