An operation named “Samudra Setu” has been launched by the Indian Navy. “Samudra Setu” means “Sea Bridge”. This operation is a part of India’s effort to bring back Indian citizens who are stranded overseas amid COVID-19 pandemic. The whole operation will be executed in close coordination with Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Home Affairs, Health including various other agencies of the Government of India and State governments.
As part of Phase-1 of operation “Samudra Setu”, Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa and Magar are presently proceeding to the port of Malè, Republic of Maldives to start evacuation operations from 08 May 2020. Indian Navy has planned to evacuate a total of 1000 persons during the first trip. To overcome the unique challenges associated with COVID-19 strict protocols have also been stipulated.
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- Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.