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7 Indian Navy ships deployed to ferry LMO containers, medical equipment

INS Trikand. Photo: Indian Navy/PIB

New Delhi, May 1 (MNN) Seven Indian Navy Ships have been deployed for ferrying liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries to held India fight Covid-19 pandemic.

INS Kolkata, Kochi, Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed under ‘Samudra Setu II’.

INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, deployed in the Persian Gulf, were the first ships diverted for the task and entered port of Manama, Bahrain, on April 30.

INS Talwar, with 40 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO), is now headed back home.

INS Kolkata has proceeded to Doha in Qatar to ferry medical supplies and will subsequently head to Kuwait for loading liquid oxygen tanks.

Similarly, on the eastern seaboard, INS Airavat too has been diverted for the task, while INS Jalashwa that played a key role during Operation Samudra Setu last year was pulled out of maintenance, readied to sail out to augment the supply effort.

INS Airavat is scheduled to enter Singapore for loading liquid oxygen tanks whereas INS Jalashwa is standing by in the region to take on medical stores at short notice.

The second batch of ships comprising Kochi, Trikand and Tabar deployed in the Arabian Sea were also diverted to join the national effort.

From the Southern Naval Command, Landing Ship Tank INS Shardul is getting readied to join the operation within 48 hours.

The Indian Navy also has the surge capability, to deploy more ships when the need arises to fight the nation’s battle against COVID-19.

Operation Samudra Setu was launched last year by the Navy to rescue/evacuate around 4,000 Indian citizens stranded in neighbouring countries amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

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