Once the wrath of the Indian Navy struck with Operation Trident on Pakistan. There was a follow-up operation named Operation Python. With the successful attack of Operation Trident on Karachi Airport, Pakistan has stepped up the surveillance of its coast.
The presence of Indian navy ships has given a hunch of a possible attack on its coast. To counter the move of Pakistan using its merchant shipping by Pakistan warships Operation Python was launched.
After Operation Trident has been completed successfully and before Operation Python would take place. Indian Air Force has started doing their work. Indian Air Force also strike Karachi Oil reserve and kept giving them setbacks.
On 8-9 December 1971 at 10:00 PM (PKT), the Small Strike group was formed. INS Vinaash was equipped with four Styx Missile, and two multipurpose frigates, INS Talwar and INS Trishul were heading towards Manora, a Penninsula situated at the south of the Port of Karachi.
Vice Admiral Hiranandani wrote in his book “Transition to Triumph that the whole group was approached by the Pakistani Patrol Vessel and was detected by the radar of Trishul’s electronic surveillance. Which was shot and has been sunk in the sea.
At 11:00 PM (PKT), a group of ships was spotted at a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi). INS Vinash Fired all four missiles that struck the fuel tanks of Kemari Oil Farms causing the explosion. Panamanian Fuel tanker SS Gulf Star was also sunk after it got struck by another missile.
Pakistani Fleet Tanker PNS Dacca and the British Merchant Vessel SS Harmattan were hit by third and fourth missiles. After Harmattan sank and Dacca was damaged beyond repair INS Vinash left for the nearest Indian Port after its full brutal attack.
The Assault of Operation Trident, Indian Air Force, and Operation Python destroyed the Oil refueling port of Karachi completely. This leads to the economic crisis in Pakistan. It cause damage of $ 3 billion, with most of the oil reserve, ammunition warehouses, and workshops were also destroyed.
Operation Python also played a crucial role in the surrendering of the Pakistan Army where 93000 has dropped their weapon. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war.