Indian Naval Ship Shakti, carrying 100 tons (5 containers) of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) is scheduled to reach Sri Lanka today (22).
Aligned with the Government of India’s ongoing commitment to support Sri Lanka in the fight against COVID-19, INS Shakti set sail from Visakhapatnam on Aug. 19.
Named Operation Samudra Setu-II, deployment of the vessel was in response to a personal request for assistance by Sri Lankan President – Gotabaya Rajapaksa for urgent supply of LMO.
Camaraderie and coordination between Navies and various other stakeholders in India and Sri Lanka were on display as Sri Lankan Naval Vessel Shakthi with 40 tons of LMO on board also commenced its journey from Chennai to Colombo around the same time as INS Shakti. It was a rare instance wherein two Shakti vessels commenced their journey from two different ports in India to the same destination almost at the same time for a common purpose.
In addition, another 140 tons of LMO from Haldia and Chennai ports are also expected to reach Colombo during the coming week.
Samudra Setu-II is an initiative of the Indian Navy to undertake urgent shipments of LMO containers and associated medical equipment to various countries. Seven Indian Naval Ships were deployed for such missions earlier. It may also be recalled that stranded citizens from India and Sri Lanka were repatriated into their respective countries via INS Jalashwa under Operation Samudra Setu last year.