Indian Navy Completes ‘Operation Samudra Setu’ by bringing 3,992 Indian Citizens back to Homeland
‘Samudra Setu’ meaning ‘Sea Bridge’, In an effort to repatriate Indian Citizens from overseas, the Operation Samudra Setu was launched on 5th May 2020 by the Indian Navy. The Operation Samudra Setu lasted over 55 days in which 3,992 Indian Citizens were brought back to their homeland by the sea route by the Indian Navy.
Evacuation Operation like Samudra Setu was last conducted by the Indian Navy back in 2015 during Operation Rahat when 5600 people (960 were Foreign Nationals, Remaining Indian Citizens) were evacuated from Yemen.
Amphibious transport dock -INS Jalashwa, and 3 Landing Ship Tanks- INS Airavat, INS Shardul, and INS Magar.
Under the Operation, these 4 Indian Navy Ships have streamed more than 23,000 kilometers to bring back the Indian Citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic from Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Iran.
Operation Samudra Setu
The Evacuation Operation Samudra Setu began on 8th May with INS Jalashwa evacuating 698 Indian Citizens from the capital city of Maldives- Male. While on 25th June, INS Jalashwa made the last evacuation drive under the operation by bringing 687 Indian Citizens back to India from Iran’s Bandar Abbas port.
The greatest challenge for the Indian Navy was to ensure that there was no incident of the outbreak of the COVID-19 infection on any of the onboarded ships during the entire Operation. The Indian Navy has successfully completed the entire Operation by strictly taking the planned measures and safety protocols.