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Operation “Samudra Seta” Launched by Indian Navy

On May 5, 2020, the Indian Navy launched Operation “Samudra Setu” to bring back the Indians that are evacuated in Maldives. They are evacuated in the foreign land due to the grounding of airlines. Samudra Sethu means Sea Bridge

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The Indian ships Jalashwa and Magar are being sent to the port of Male, Maldives. The strategy is to bring around 1000 persons during the first trip. The list of Indians to be evacuated from the Maldives is being organized by the Indian Mission in the Republic of Maldives. The INS Jalashwa is to reach Maldives on May 8, 2020. It is eligible of displacing 17,521 tonnes. INS Magar will reach the Maldives on May 10, 2020. It is an amphibious warfare vessel that is capable of displacing 5,750 tonnes. After evacuation, these people from the Maldives are to be kept in quarantine at Kochi.

INS Jalashwa

INS Jalashwa was formerly known, USS Trenton. The USS Trenton was bought from the United States in 2006. The ship was renamed as INS Jalashwa after the purchase. Jalashwa in Sanskrit means “Hippopotamus”. INS Jalashwa is an amphibious warfare ship. An amphibious warfare ship is an amphibious vehicle warship that is employed to land and support ground forces. In 2018, the Government of India initiated a Rs 20,000 crore project. Under the project, four amphibious ships are to be built in India. Each of these ships weigh 30,000 tonnes. After INS Vikrant, these four ships will be the largest to be built in the country.

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