Indian Navy deploys ‘Oxygen Express’ to Lakshadweep islands

Mission Oxygen Express: Navy sends ships with Covid supplies to Lakshadweep

While the surge of COVID-19 Pandemic is being dealt with on mainland India, Indian Navy is extending its assistane to the Island territories as well. Indian Navy ships on Sunday in Kochi, Kerala helped transfer essential medical supplies including refilling of oxygen cylinders, Rapid Antigen Detection Test (RADT) kits, PPE and others to the local administration of Kavaratti, Lakshadweep under the Centre’s Oxygen Express mission amid the covid-19 surge in the country.

The Headquarter Southern Naval Command (HQSNC) at Kochi via INS Sharda helped transfer medical equipments and other items. Personnel from INS Dweeprakshak at Kavaratti received the items and helped providing oxygen cylinders and medical supplies to the facilities in island of Minicoy. The same supplies were disembarked also at Androth and Agatti islands. Additionally, 41 empty oxygen cylinders from the islands have been boarded on Indian Navy hired vessel, Meghna. The vessel is headed to Kochi for refilling these empty cylinders and will head back to Lakshadweep with filled cylinders soon to ensure that the mission continues. The operations are progressing under the supervision of the Naval Officer-in-Charge at Lakshadweep in coordination with Lakshadweep Administration.