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Indian navy comes to the aid of neighbours

India came to the rescue of two of its Southern neighbours Sri Lanka and Maldives last week when they were in distress according to naval sources here.  

Indian Navy was successfully rescued a Maldivian ship 'MV Maria 3' which suffered propulsion failure and was drifting on the sea with no controls for five days with six sailors on board. The Maldivian ship lost contact with shore after its departure from Male on May 15, following which the Maldivian Coast Guard sought Indian Navy's help in search and rescue operation.

A Dornier aircraft of the Indian Navy, capable of undertaking multiple roles, was deployed to Maldives to assist the Maldivian Coast Guard in the search and rescue operation. The Dornier located the drifting 'overdue' ship about 150 nautical miles south-east of Male, with all survivors safe on board, during the aerial surveillance on May 20. Subsequently, Indian Naval warship INS Kirch towed the Maldivian vessel back to Male.

Within seven days of this rescue operation, INS Kirch was dispatched to Sri Lanka to render assistance to the flood victims in South western parts of the island. INS Kirch, with emergency relief supplies, arrived at Colombo; on May 27 within 24 hours of floods ravaging the area. The consignment of relief materials have been shipped to Sri Lanka on the directives of the prime minister. A relief team has also been dispatched on board INS Kirch to swiftly engage in rescue missions in flood affected areas.

INS Shardul, with medical relief kits and diving teams, left from Kerala's Kochi port on May 27y morning to reinforce relief operation for the flood affected. INS Jalashwa will sail out from Visakhapatnam with HADR (Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief) stores including clothing and, medicines. The ship will also carry medical and diving teams along with Gemini crafts and helicopters.

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