Operation Python launched by the Indian Navy on port city of Karachi
Operation Python, a follow-up to Operation Trident, was a naval attack launched by India on West Pakistan’s port city of Karachi during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The first attack during Operation Trident when two Indian warships set Karachi Ablaze is celebrated as a Navy Day across India.
In response, Pakistan increased aerial surveillance as the presence of large Indian Navy ships gave the impression that India was planning another attack. Pakistan warships tried tactics like mingling with merchant shipping to avoid detection. To counter these moves, Operation Python was launched.
The attack destroyed Pakistani fuel reserves and the flames could be seen even from miles away. It allowed India to establish complete control over oil route from the Persian Gulf to Pakistani ports. It stopped shipping traffic of Karachi, Pakistan’s only major port at that time.
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