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Indian Navy’s ‘Mission Sagar’ – INS Airavat delivers COVID-19 medical supplies to Indonesia

Continuing India’s role as the first responder at a time of an exigency to the friendly nations, Indian Navy’s Landing Ship Tank (Large) INS Airavat arrived at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia today to deliver 10 Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) containers, based on the requirement projected by the Government of Indonesia.

Continuing India’s outreach program to combat COVID-19 pandemic, INS Airavat will continue onwards to deliver medical supplies to other friendly nations in the region as part of ‘ Mission Sagar’.

Indian Navy’s third Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel ‘INS Airavat’ has been playing an imperative role in carrying out amphibious operations, and is also configured to perform Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. The ship has been a part of various relief efforts across the Indian Ocean in the past.

On 24 July 2021, the ship trans-shipped medical aid which comprised 05 Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) containers (100 MT) and 300 Oxygen Concentrators to Indonesia.

Strengthening the strong cultural bond and partnership, India and Indonesia have been working together in the maritime domain towards a safer Indo-Pacific. The navies of both nations also regularly carry out joint naval exercises in the form of bilateral exercises and coordinated patrols.

Navy extends COVID-19 assistance to Sri Lanka

Supporting Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID19, Indian Navy’s INS Shakti delivered 100 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to Colombo on 22 August 2021.

Addressing the ship’s crew of INS Shakti, Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne expressed his profound gratitude to the Indian Navy for their all-out support extended in the swift delivery of supplemental oxygen to Sri Lanka.

Consolidating the spirit of goodwill in bilateral maritime relations between India and Sri Lanka, Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy made a personal call to Chief of Naval Staff of India Vice Admiral Karambir Singh for possible support in this regard.

As a result of this dialogue, INS Shakti ferried 100 tons of oxygen from the Visakhapatnam Port and the ship arrived in Colombo on the evening of 22nd August.

Further, India also extended the assistance of approx. 40 tons of medical-grade oxygen, which Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Shakthi on-boarded from Trincomalee harbour port of Chennai, Indian on 17th August 2021. The Sri Lankan naval ship arrived at the port of Colombo at midnight on 22nd August 2021.

The deployment is in consonance with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region ‘SAGAR’ and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her neighbouring countries and further strengthens the existing bond.

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