President Ram Nath Kovind commended the Indian Navy for its role in helping the country in the early days of the pandemic with its Operation Samudra Setu. The operation was a part of the Vande Bharat evacuation mission under which the Navy brought back to India around 4,000 stranded Indians from Maldives, Sri Lanka and Iran.
Speaking at the ceremony in Goa at INS Hansa, the Navy’s largest airbase, where he awarded the President’s colour to the Indian Naval Aviation Wing, Kovind also commended the Navy for inducting a large number of women in its aviation wing saying that such a trend needs to be encouraged.
“The Indian Navy has invested significant effort in meeting all regional commitments and furthering our diplomatic engagements with friends and partners in the Indo-Pacific. With missions like Operation Samudra Setu and Mission Sagar, the Navy was a key instrument of India’s Covid outreach, delivering assistance and support to our maritime neighbours and partners in the Indian Ocean Region.
The prompt and effective deployment of the Indian Navy in the time of crisis, has underscored India’s vision of being the ‘preferred security partner and first responder in the Indian Ocean Region,” the President said.