India on Wednesday received 54 tonnes of oxygen from Bahrain as part of Operation Samudra Setu-II launched by Indian Navy to transport oxygen and associated medical supplies from friendly foreign nations. The INS Talwar docked at the New Mangaluru port with 54 tonnes of oxygen, a Defence official said in a statement, news agency ANI reported.
As part of the ongoing national effort to fight the Covid 19 pandemic, the Navy had launched Operation Samudra Setu II to bring in by sea the much-needed oxygen and associated medical supplies from friendly foreign countries. “INS Talwar arrives in Mangalore from Bahrain. 2 liquid oxygen cryogenic containers of 20 MT each on board. Deeply appreciate this support from Bahrain,” tweeted Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Vice Admiral MS Pawar, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff on the progress of Operation Samudra Setu II said, “Additionally INS Airavat from Singapore and INS Kolkata from Kuwait are heading back home with liquid oxygen, oxygen filled cylinders, cryogenic tanks and other medical equipment”. WA press note stated that Indian Naval Ship Airavat has departed from Singapore with more than 3,600 oxygen cylinders and eight 27 ton oxygen tanks and is India bound.