Navy concludes Samudra Setu

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Operation Samudra Setu, which was launched by the Navy on May 5 as part of the national effort to repatriate Indian citizens abroad during the COVID­19 pandemic, has culminated after successfully bringing back 3,992 individuals, the Navy said on Wednesday. 


Operation co-ordination:

This operation is being progressed in close coordination with: 

  • Ministries of Defence
  • Ministry of External Affairs 
  • Ministry of Home Affairs 
  • Ministry of Health 

Various other agencies of the Government of India and State governments are included too.


Vessels participated:

Landing Platform Dock 

  • INS Jalashwa 


Landing Ship Tanks 

  • INS Airavat,
  • Shardul 
  • Magar


Previous Evacuation Missions of Indian Navy: 

  • Operation Sukoon 2006 (Beirut) 
  • Operation Rahat 2015 (Yemen).


What is Vande Bharat Mission?

  • Vande Bharat Mission was launched on May 7, 2020, by the Government of India to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in different parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Citizens in distress will be brought back on commercial aircraft and naval ships based on lists prepared by India’s embassies. Over ten lakh Indians were expected to return home, and more than two lakhs are from the UAE alone.
  • The flights under Vande Bharat Mission will be operated by Air India. 
  • This airlift by the MEA would be the largest since the Persian Gulf War evacuation of over 170,000 people from Kuwait in 1990. Similar evacuations were also seen in April 2015, when Operation Raahat was launched to evacuate Indians from war-torn Yemen.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs had developed a dynamic online platform on which requests received by Indian Missions from Indian nationals wishing to return are regularly being uploaded.

  Source: The Hindu

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