COVID-19: Indian Air Force, Navy working on war footing in fight against second wave

The IAF aircraft carried out 534 missions from various parts of the country, airlifting 336 oxygen containers of a total capacity of 6,420 Metric Tonnes (MT) and other medical supplies and equipment on Monday.


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Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN) are working tirelessly to provide logistic support to shore up medical supplies to tackle the current COVID-19 situation, stated a release issued by PIB (Defence Wing).

On early hours of Monday, the IAF aircraft carried out 534 missions from various parts of the country, airlifting 336 oxygen containers of a total capacity of 6,420 Metric Tonnes (MT) and other medical supplies and equipment, it stated.

The cities covered are Jamnagar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Panagarh, Indore, Ranchi, Agra, Jodhpur, Begumpet, Bhubaneshwar, Pune, Surat, Raipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Nagpur, Gwalior, Vijayawada, Baroda, Dimapur and Hindan, it added.

It stated that the IAF aircraft also carried out 84 international sorties, airlifting 81 cryogenic oxygen storage containers of a total capacity of 1,407 MT along with 1,252 empty oxygen cylinders, 705 oxygen concentrators and Zeolite (respiratory oxygen raw material).

The equipment has been procured from Singapore, Dubai, Thailand, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Indonesia and Israel.

As part of operation ‘Samudra Setu II’, Indian Naval Ships INS Airavat, INS Trikandand INS Kolkata arrived back home with critical COVID-19 medical stores from friendly foreign countries on Monday, it stated.  INS Talwar had arrived on May 5, it added.

Medical supplies comprising eight cryogenic oxygen tanks, 3,898 oxygen cylinders and other critical COVID-19 medical stores from Singapore arrived at Visakhapatnam on the Indian Navy ship INS Airavat on Monday, the release stated.

Medical supplies of 40 MT liquid oxygen (liquid medical oxygen cryogenic containers) from Doha, Qatar arrived at Mumbai on the Indian Navy ship INS Trikand. Additional supplies of 400 oxygen cylinders, two 27-MT Liquid Medical oxygen containers and 47 oxygen concentrators from Doha, Qatar and Kuwait arrived at New Mangalore Port on INS Kolkata on the same day, it stated. Also, two 27-MT oxygen containers from Bahrain had earlier arrived on May 5 at New Mangalore Port on INS Talwar, it added.

INS Kochi, INS Tabar, INS Jalashwa and INS Shardulare are expected to arrive home soon with critical COVID-19 medical stores, including oxygen tankers and cylinders, from friendly foreign countries, it stated.

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First Published:May 10, 2021, 9:40 p.m.

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