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.
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: -
Port of Embarkation
Number of Citizens
Port of Disembarkation
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:
#IndianNavy launches "Operation Samudra Setu" (Sea Bridge) to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas.@indiannavy ships #INSJalashwa & #INSMagar are enroute to #Maldives to commence Phase 1 of evacuation ops (file pics). #हरकामदेशकेनाम#SamudraSetu pic.twitter.com/RCmq7zvWi0
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) May 5, 2020
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.