The Indian Navy has launched operation ‘Samudra Setu-II’ to bring oxygen-filled cryogenic containers from abroad following the current scenario of shortage of medical oxygen across the country.
What is Samundra Setu-II?
India Navy Samudra Setu-II is a special mission to deploy the warships that will handle the shipment of liquid Oxygen filled cryogenic containers & associated medical equipment in support of nation’s fight against Covid-19.
#IndianNavy launches Operation #SamudraSetu_II to augment ongoing national mission #OxygenExpress.— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 30, 2021
Mission deployed warships will undertake shipment of liquid #Oxygen filled cryogenic containers & associated medical equipment in support of nation’s #FightAgainstCOVID19 (1/2). pic.twitter.com/fLRWobOp7U
Indian Navy has deployed two ships, the INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, to reach Port of Manama, Bahrain, and bring home 40 tonnes of liquid oxygen to Mumbai. At present, INS Jalashwa is enroute to Bangkok whereas the INS Airavat is on its way to Singapore on similar missions.
What is Samundra Setu?
Last year as well, the COVID-19 pandemic was on peak and hence Indian Navy launched Operation Samudra Setu, under the prime mission of Vande Bharat Mission, repatriating approximately 4,000 stranded and distressed Indian citizens from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Iran.
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On April 23rd this year, the first “Oxygen Express” carrying seven tankers of the liquid medical oxygen reached Maharashtra from Visakhapatnam. Moreover, first such train reached Delhi carrying around 70 tonnes of the life-saving gas on 27th of April.
“India Navy launches Operation Samudra Setu-II to augment ongoing national mission Oxygen Express. Mission deployed warships will undertake shipment of liquid Oxygen filled cryogenic containers & associated medical equipment in support of nation’s fight against Covid-19.”
“The navy also has the surge capability to deploy more ships if the need arises,” an official statement said.