GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 6th May. Indian Navy has started Operation Samudra Setu- II to bring liquid oxygen and other medical supplies from various countries in the Persian Gulf and South-East Asia. In this operation, nine warships have been sent to these countries.
Naval spokesman Commander Vivek Madhwal said on Wednesday that these nine warships have been sent from the three Navy commands in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Kochi. Operation Samudra Setu- II is part of the various efforts of the Government of India and the Indian Navy to fulfill the requirement of oxygen in the country.
He said that of these nine warships, INS Talwar has already returned from Bahrain with two tanks filled with 27 tonnes of liquid oxygen to New Mangalore Port in Karnataka on Wednesday. INS Kolkata has left Kuwait to return with two 27 tonne oxygen filled tanks, 400 oxygen cylinders and 47 oxygen concentrators. Four other warships are on their way to Qatar and Kuwait, these four warships will return from these countries with 9 tanks filled with 27 tons of oxygen and more than 1500 oxygen cylinders.
Commander Madhwal informed that INS Airavat on the Eastern Seaboard left Singapore on Wednesday to return with more than 3600 oxygen cylinders and eight tankers filled with 27 tonnes of oxygen each, 10,000 rapid antigen test kits and seven oxygen concentrators.
Another warship INS Jalashwa is also stationed in the same area and will join the mission at any short notice. INS Shardul has also left for the Persian Gulf from the Southern Navy Command in Kochi to bring three liquid oxygen filled cryogenic containers.
The Indian Navy operated Operation Samudra Setu last year as well, in which around 4000 Indians stranded in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Iran were brought back into the country during the lockdown as part of the Vande Bharat campaign. INS Jalashv and INS Shardul also participated in this campaign.