In news: The Indian Navy has initiated Operation Samudra Setu-II to aid in the faster transportation of medical oxygen and other supplies from abroad due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.
About the Operation-
- Nine warships from all three Naval Commands (Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Kochi) have been deployed to bring relief material from friendly foreign countries in Persian Gulf and South-east Asia.
- These warships will undertake shipment of liquid oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment.
- INS Kolkata and INS Talwar were the first batch of ships that were immediately diverted for the task and entered the port of Manama in Bahrain on April 30.
- On the Eastern seaboard, INS Airavat is scheduled to enter Singapore for embarking Liquid oxygen tanks and INS Jalashwa is standing by in the region to embark medical stores at short notice.
- The second batch of ships comprising Kochi, Trikand and Tabar missions deployed in Arabian sea has also been diverted to join the national effort.
- From the Southern Naval Command, the landing ship tank INS Shardul is being readied to join the Operation.
- All these have been designed and developed in-house by the Indian Navy and are all made in India.
Operation Samudra Setu- 1
- Indian Navy launched Operation “Samudra Setu” – meaning “Sea Bridge”, as a part of national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas during COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020.
- The operation progressed in close coordination with Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Home Affairs, Health and various other agencies of the Government of India and State governments.
- It is part of Vande Bharat mission.
- As part of Phase 1, Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa and Magar conducted evacuation operations from the port of Malè, Republic of Maldives.
- INS Shardul took part in evacuation from Iran and on it, all the innovative products made by the Indian Navy to stop the spreading of the global pandemic were available.
- Special provisions were made for the evacuation operation onboard all these ships and were fully equipped with medical supplies, doctors, hygienists and nutritionists.