Seven Indian Navy ships deployed to bring oxygen & medical equipment from various countries


Seven Indian Naval ships have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries to meet the requirements in India. 

India has been struggling with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and, lack of oxygen and other medical supplies in several states of the country have reportedly led to the death of many COVID positive patients. 

As part of the operation 'Samudra Setu 2’, seven Indian Naval ships, including Kolkata, Kochi, Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat, were pushed into action to procure medical supplies due to the devastating COVID crisis in the country.

INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, mission deployed in the Persian Gulf, were the first batch of ships that were immediately diverted for the task and entered the port of Manama, Bahrain, on 30 April this year. INS Talwar, with 40 Metric Tonne Liquid Medical Oxygen, has commenced its journey back to India.

INS Kolkata has proceeded to Doha, Qatar and will subsequently head to Kuwait for embarking on Liquid Oxygen tanks.

In the first phase of Operation Samudra Setu, which was launched last year by the Navy, around four thousand Indian citizens stranded in neighbouring countries, amidst COVID 19 outbreak, were successfully repatriated to India.  

(Edited By Ibankyntiew Mawrie)

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