repatriate Indian citizens from overseas ndian Navy has launched Operation “Samudra Setu” – meaning “Sea Bridge”, as a part of national effort to . The Government has been closely monitoring the situation with respect to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the citizens abroad. The Indian Navy has been directed to make suitable preparations for their evacuation by sea.
Operation Samudra Setu
The operation is being 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 Jalashwa brought back 687 stranded Indians from Bandar Abbas, Iran. INS Shardul too took part in evacuation from Iran.
- So far the Indian Navy ships have repatriated Indian citizens from the neighbouring countries including Maldives, Sri Lanka and Iran.
- Special provisions have been made for the evacuation operation onboard all these ships and are fully equipped with medical supplies, doctors, hygienists and nutritionists. Also, on INS Shardul all the innovative products made by the Indian Navy to stop the spreading of the global pandemic are available. All these have been designed and developed in-house by the Indian Navy and are all made in India.