Under Operation Samundra Setu-II, Indian warships arrive with critical Covid-19 equipments from Middle East and South-East Asia

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In the devastating second wave of Corona, with the military’s efforts for Covid relief,  three Indian warships arrived in Indian ports on Monday with vital equipment from foreign countries to reinforce the country’s battle against disease (Covid-19).

From Qatar, Kuwait, and Singapore, the warships carried empty cryogenic oxygen tanks, oxygen-filled bottles, oxygen concentrators, rapid antigen test kits, and personal protective equipment. Under Operation Samudra Setu-II, the navy has allocated some of its warships (nine at last count) to ferry vital supplies from countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The INS Airavat transported eight empty cryogenic oxygen tanks and 3,898 oxygen cylinders from Singapore to Visakhapatnam, while the INS Kolkata and INS Trikand transported supplies from Qatar and Kuwait to New Mangalore and Mumbai.

The INS Airavat ship departed Singapore on 05 May with Oxygen tanks and cylinders were sourced through various agencies in coordination with the High Commission of India whereas Indian Naval Ship Trikand was deployed to augment shipment of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) cryogenic containers from Hamad Port, Qatar to Mumbai. The ship entered Qatar on 05 May 21 and arrived at Mumbai on 10 May 21 with 40 MT liquid Oxygen.

Seema Jain

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