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May 05, 2020

Indian Navy launches Operation “Samudra Setu” : Important Details you should know

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To repatriate citizens who have stuck overseas due to Covid 19 outbreak, the Indian Navy today launched a new operation titled "Operation Samudra Setu" (meaning 'Sea Bridge'). As part of this operation (Phase I), the navy already sent Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa and Magar to the port of Malè, Republic of Maldives. These ships will start evacuation operations from 8th May 2020.

The Indian Mission in Republic of Maldives is preparing a list of Indian nationals to be evacuated by Naval ships and will facilitate their embarkation after requisite medical screening. A total of 1000 persons are planned to be evacuated during the first trip, catering for COVID- related social distancing norms vis-a-vis the carrying capacity and medical facilities available onboard.

The ships have been suitably provisioned for the evacuation operation. The evacuated personnel would be provided the basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage. In view of the unique challenges associated with COVID-19 stringent protocols have also been stipulated.The evacuated personnel will be disembarked at Kochi, Kerala and entrusted to the care of State authorities. 

The name 'Operation Samudra Setu' comes from the ancient Indian Sanskrit epic Ramayana where lord Rama and his Vanara army construct Setu (Bridge) to reach Lanka and rescue Sita. The Operation Samudra Setu is being progressed in close coordination with Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Home Affairs, Health and various other agencies of the Government of India and State governments.

About INS Jalashwa :

  • Meaning 'Hippopotamus', INS Jalashwa is Indian Navy's amphibious transport dock.
  • INS  Jalashwa is the only Indian naval ship to be acquired from the United States.
  • It is based in Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) under the Eastern Naval Command.
  • Acquired on : 17th January 2007
  • Commissioned on : 22nd June 2007

About INS Magar

  • Meaning 'Crocodile', INS Magar is Indian Navy's amphibious warfare ship.
  • It was built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata.
  • It is based in Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) under the Eastern Naval Command.
  • Commissioned on : 15th July 1987
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