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Indian Navy, IAF rise to occasion, deliver oxygen containers, cylinders

INS Tarkash loaded with two liquid medical oxygen cryogenic containers and 230 oxygen cylinders sailed into Mumbai port on May 12, 2021. Photo: PIB

New Delhi, May 12 (MNN) Indian Naval Ship Tarkash carrying two cryogenic containers filled with liquid medical oxygen filled (20 MT each) and 230 oxygen cylinders sailed into the Mumbai post on Wednesday.

The oxygen containers were facilitated by the French Mission as part of ‘Oxygen Solidarity Bridge’ while the oxygen cylinders were gifted by the Indian diaspora in Qatar.

The consignment – ferried as part of the ongoing COVID relief Operation Samudra Setu II of the Indian Navy — was handed over to the civil administration in Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, the government said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN) continue to work round the clock to provide oxygen and other medical supplies to the civil administration to tackle the COVID-19 situation in the country.

As of May 12 morning, IAF aircraft had airlifted 403 oxygen containers of 6,856 MT capacity along with other equipment of 163 MT capacity through 634 sorties from different parts of the country.

The cities covered are Jamnagar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Panagarh, Indore, Ranchi, Agra, Jodhpur, Begumpet, Bhubaneshwar, Pune, Surat, Raipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Nagpur, Gwalior, Vijayawada, Baroda, Dimapur and Hindan.

The IAF aircraft have also conducted 98 sorties from different countries, airlifting 95 containers of 793 MT capacity and other equipment of 204 MT capacity.

The equipment has been procured from Singapore, Dubai, Thailand, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Indonesia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Israel and France.

As part of ‘Samudra Setu II’, seven Indian Naval Ships returned home with 260 MT of LMO from 13 countries for direct supply to various states, eight oxygen containers of total capacity of 160 MT, approximately 2,600 oxygen- filled cylinders and 3,150 empty cylinders from the Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia.

While INS Jalashwa is presently in Brunei, INS Shardul is scheduled to visit Kuwait on May 12, 2021.

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