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Indian Navy & Air Force move critical supplies across the country, as Thailand also sends relief

By Financial express

The Indian Navy has launched Operation Samudra Setu-II to help in providing assistance in the ongoing national mission for meeting the Oxygen requirements. Under this mission, the Indian Naval warships are going to be undertaking shipment of “liquid Oxygen filled cryogenic containers’’ and associated medical equipment in support of nation’s fight against COVID-19.

Relief arrives from another ASEAN member country – Thailand. On Saturday, May 1, sources told Financial Express Online “ASEAN region is extending helping hand. After Singapore, Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan o Cha has conveyed through MoFA his desire to offer assistance to India.”

Op Samudra Setu II

According to the Indian Navy, two ships – INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, both are at the port of Manama, Bahrain for embarking and transporting 40MT of liquid oxygen. These two ships are going to be heading back to Mumbai soon.

For similar missions INS Jalashwa is enroute to Bangkok and INS Airavat to Singapore.

As was reported last year in Financial Express Online, the Indian Navy had launched Operation Samudra Setu which was part of the Vande Bharat Mission. Around 4000 (3992) stranded and distressed Indian citizens were repatriated from Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Iran under this mission.

Relief material arrives from Thailand

While the Indian government has indicated its oxygen related requirement – cylinders, concentrators, generators & cryogenic oxygen tanks, the Indian corporates in coordination with the Indian Mission and MHA are sourcing cryogenic tanks from the ASEAN nation. In three different sorties on April 26, 27 and 28 which were undertaken by the IAF, 11 oxygen tanks have come from Thailand.

On May 1, Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) flight arrived to evacuate some Thai embassy officials. This aircraft carried 15 concentrators donated by the Thai Govt to the Indian Red Cross Society, and 15 concentrators which have been donated by the Hindu Samaj of Bangkok.

And in addition to this, the Indian Association of Thailand has offered 100 oxygen cylinders separately. These will be transported soon to India.

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