Fight against COVID-19: IAF, Navy deploy assets to carry critical equipment; US promises more aid

By Financial express

Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy continue criss- crossing across the globe and the country in an effort to bring in Oxygen tankers as well as critical life support equipment.

Sharing updates on the sorties undertaken by the transport aircraft, according to IAF, “Two C-17 Globemaster got airborne from Jamnagar air base on May 4, for Brize Norton in the UK to airlift critical life support equipment.”

Adding, “The aircraft has flown nonstop clocking almost 11h 30min to reach the UK. The first aircraft landed at 0200 Local Time and with a quick turnaround, the aircraft flew back to Chennai with a load of 35 tonnes of equipment which included 450 empty oxygen cylinders. The aircraft landed in Chennai in the early hours on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.”

Indian Navy deploys seven ships for Operation Samudra Setu II

Seven ships including INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, INS Talwar, INS Tabar, INS Trikand, INS Jalashwa and INS Airavat_ have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical `oxygen-filled cryogenic containers’ and associated medical equipment from various countries.

According to the Indian Navy, “Both INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, missions deployed in Persian Gulf, were the first batch of ships that were diverted immediately for the task. And they entered the port of Manama, Bahrain on April 30, 2021.”

As an update: INS Talwar, is heading back home with 40 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) embarked.

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