Operation Samudra Setu Culminates, Indian Navy Brings Back 3,992 Stranded Indians to Their Homeland From Overseas

Team Latestly
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New Delhi, July 8: Operation Samudra Setu, which was launched on May 5, 2020, to bring back stranded Indians from overseas, has finally concluded. The operation by the Indian Navy, which was launched as part of the national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from different countries during the COVID-19 pandemic culminated today after successfully bringing 3,992 Indian citizens back to their homeland by sea.

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Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa (Landing Platform Dock), and Airavat, Shardul and Magar (Landing Ship Tanks) participated in this operation. The Operation Samudra Setu lasted over 55 days and involved traversing more then 23,000 kilometers by sea. Indian Navy has previously undertaken similar evacuation operations as part of Operation Sukoon in 2006 (Beirut) and Operation Rahat in 2015 (Yemen).

Details of the evacuation are as follows: -

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Ship

 

Date Embarked

Port of Embarkation

Number of Citizens

Date Disembarked

Port of Disembarkation

Jalashwa

8 May

Malѐ

698

10 May

Kochi

Magar

10 May

Malѐ

202

12 May

Kochi

Jalashwa

15 May

Malѐ

588

17 May

Kochi

Jalashwa

1 June

Colombo

686

2 June

Tuticorin

Jalashwa

5 June

Malѐ

700

7 June

Tuticorin

Shardul

8 June

Bandar Abbas

233

11 June

Porbandar

Airavat

20 June

Malѐ

198

23 June

Tuticorin

Jalashwa

25 June

Bandar Abbas

687

1 July

Tuticorin

The 3,992 Indian citizens, who were evacuated during Operation Samudra Setu, were disembarked at various ports as indicated in the table above and entrusted to the care of respective state authorities. It was the greatest challenge for the Indian Navy was to avoid any incident of outbreak of infection onboard the ships during the evacuation operation.

Here's the tweet by Indian Navy:

The ships used for the operation were specially provisioned and the Sick Bay or the clinic onboard was especially equipped with COVID-19 related equipment and facilities. Women Officers and military nursing staff were also embarked for the women passengers. Basic amenities and medical facilities were provided to all evacuees during sea passage on these ships.