The Indian Navy on April 30 stepped forward to provide support amid brisking COVID-19 figures and gritty images of a precarious medical infrastructure nationwide. The Indian Navy has launched Operation Samudra Setu-II to augment the ongoing national mission to meet oxygen requirements.
In the said mission, the deployed Indian Naval warships will undertake shipment of liquid oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment in support of the nation’s fight against COVID-19. According to the Indian Navy statement, two ships, namely, INS Kolkata and INS Talwar have entered the port of Manama, Bahrain for embarking and transporting 40 MT of liquid oxygen to Mumbai. They enumerated on INS Jalashwa, which is en route Bangkok and INS Airavat to Singapore for similar purposes.
A statement released by the Indian Navy regarding the same, read,
“In the early hours on 25 April 2021, INS Sharda, based at Kochi, undertook transfer of essential medical supplies to the capital of UTL, Kavaratti. The stores consisted of 35 Oxygen cylinders, Rapid Antigen Detection Test (RADT) kits, Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE), masks and other items to fight the COVID 19 pandemic. The disembarkation of stores was coordinated by personnel from INS Dweeprakshak at Kavaratti. The ship then continued with her mission to the island of Minicoy for disembarkation of Oxygen cylinders and medical supplies.”
Last year the Indian Navy had launched Operation Samudra Setu as part of the Vande Bharat Mission and repatriated approximately 4000 (3992) stranded and distressed Indian citizens from Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Iran.