As part of
Operation Samudra Setu II, INS Shardul, the Indian Navy ship of the Southern
Naval Command entered Kochi on 27 May 21 to disembark four ISO containers
carrying 80 MT of liquid medical Oxygen says a release.
Operation Samudra Setu-II launched by the Indian Navy for medical
equipment from various countries in support of the nation’s fight against
Setu-II was launched by the Indian Navy for shipment of medical Oxygen-filled
cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries in
support of the nation’s fight against Covid-19. The deployment of frontline
warships including destroyers, frigates, tankers and amphibious ships of the
Indian Navy for Operation Samudra Setu-II forms a significant part of the
multiple lines of efforts, by the GoI and the Indian Navy to supplement the
Oxygen requirement in the country.
Shardul arrived at New Mangalore Port on 25 May 2021
As part of the
operation, INS Shardul embarked 270
Metric Tonnes (MT) of liquid medical Oxygen from Kuwait and UAE including 11
International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) containers, two semi trailers
and 1200 Oxygen cylinders. The ship arrived at New Mangalore Port on 25 May
2021, & disembarked 190 MT of liquid medical Oxygen comprising seven ISO
containers, two semi trailers and 1200 Oxygen cylinders.
An amphibious ship
capable of carrying troops, armoured tanks, vehicles and armament for
amphibious operations, INS Shardul is a versatile platform, also capable of
undertaking Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. The ship
attached to the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy based at Kochi, has
actively participated in multiple humanitarian relief operations by the Indian
Navy in the recent past. These include transhipment of 600 MT of rice to
Antsiranana, Madagascar as humanitarian aid in March 2020 and repatriation of
233 Indian citizens from Iran during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in
June 2020, as part of Operation Samudra Setu-I, by the Indian Navy.
The ship entered Kochi 27 May afternoon and
berthed at ICTT, Vallarpadam under Cochin Port Trust. The Oxygen containers were disembarked at the
port and handed over to the Govt. of Kerala.
'Har Kaam Desh Ke Naam’
Deployment of INS
Shardul for Op Samudra Setu-II demonstrates the commitment and resolve of the
Southern Naval Command and the Indian Navy, to support our countrymen in the
battle against COVID-19 in line with the spirit of 'Har Kaam Desh Ke Naam’.