Indian Navy launches Operation “Samudra Setu”

Indian Navy launches Operation “Samudra Setu”

Indian Navy launches Operation “Samudra Setu”: Indian Navy has released Operation “Samudra Setu” - that means “Sea Bridge”, as a part of countrywide effort to repatriate Indian residents from overseas. Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa and Magar are currently en-route to the port of Malè, the Republic of Maldives to commence evacuation operations from 08 May 2020 as a part of Phase-1.

The Government has been carefully tracking the scenario with admire to impact of COVID-19 pandemic on our citizens abroad. The Indian Navy has been directed to make appropriate arrangements for their evacuation by means of sea.

The Indian Mission in the Republic of Maldives is preparing a list of Indian nationals to be evacuated by way of Naval ships and could facilitate their embarkation after the requisite clinical screening. A general of one thousand individuals is planned to be evacuated for the duration of the first journey, catering for COVID- associated social distancing norms vis-a-vis the carrying capacity and clinical centres to be had onboard. 

The ships were certainly provisioned for the evacuation operation. The evacuated employees might be furnished the simple amenities and medical facilities for the duration of the ocean-passage. In view of the specific challenges associated with COVID-19 stringent protocols have additionally been stipulated.


The evacuated employees may be disembarked at Kochi, Kerala and entrusted to the care of State government. This operation is being advanced in close coordination with Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Home Affairs, Health and diverse other companies of the Government of India and State governments.

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