Monday, September 20, 2021

Indian Navy’s outreach program ‘Mission Sagar’ now reaches Vietnam with COVID-19 aid

Continuing India’s role as the first responder at a time of exigency to the friendly nations, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Airavat arrived at Ho Chi Minh City Port in Vietnam carrying 100 Metric Tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) in 05 ISO Containers and 300 Oxygen Concentrators of 10 LPM capacity as per the requirement projected by the Government of Vietnam in its fight against COVID-19.

Expressing his gratitude, Foreign Affairs Minister of Vietnam Bui Thanh Son greatly appreciated the gift of the Government and People of India.

Under the Indian Navy’s outreach program ‘Mission Sagar’, INS Airavat will continue onwards to deliver medical supplies to other friendly nations in the region.

Indian Navy’s third Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel ‘INS Airavat’ has been playing an imperative role in carrying out amphibious operations and is also configured to perform Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. The ship has been a part of various relief efforts across the Indian Ocean in the past.

Displaying the strong traditional bond of friendship, India and Vietnam have been working together towards a safer maritime domain. The navies of both nations also regularly carry out joint naval exercises in the form of bilateral exercises and coordinated patrols. The current deployment of the INS Airavat aims to further strengthen the strategic relationship.

Navy extends COVID-19 assistance to Indonesia

On 24th August, INS Airavat arrived at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, and disembarked 10 Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) containers, based on the requirement projected by the Government of Indonesia.

Earlier on 24 July 2021, the ship trans-shipped medical aid which comprised 05 Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) containers (100 MT) and 300 Oxygen Concentrators to Indonesia.

COVID-19 aid to Sri Lanka

Supporting Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID19, the Indian Navy’s INS Shakti delivered 100 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) to Colombo on 22 August 2021.

Addressing the ship’s crew of INS Shakti, Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne expressed his profound gratitude to the Indian Navy for their all-out support extended in the swift delivery of supplemental oxygen to Sri Lanka.
Consolidating the spirit of goodwill in bilateral maritime relations between India and Sri Lanka, the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy made a personal call to Chief of Naval Staff of India Vice Admiral Karambir Singh for possible support in this regard.

As a result of this dialogue, INS Shakti ferried 100 tons of oxygen from the Visakhapatnam Port and the ship arrived in Colombo on the evening of 22nd August.

Further, India also extended the assistance of approx. 40 tons of medical-grade oxygen, which Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Shakthi on-boarded from Trincomalee harbor port of Chennai, Indian on 17th August 2021. The Sri Lankan naval ship arrived at the port of Colombo at midnight on 22nd August 2021.

The deployment is in consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region ‘SAGAR’ and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her neighboring countries and further strengthens the existing bond.

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