Seven ships including INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, INS Talwar, INS Tabar, INS Trikand, INS Jalashwa and INS Airavat have been used to ship liquid medical “oxygenated cryogenic containers”. (Images: IAF / MEA)

The Indian Air Force and Navy continue to travel around the world bringing in oxygen tankers as well as critical life support equipment.

The IAF reported two missions of the transport aircraft: “Two C-17 Globemasters were airlifted from Jamnagar Air Force Base on May 4th for Brize Norton in the UK to airlift critical life support equipment.”

Added: “The plane flew almost 11h 30min non-stop to reach the UK. The first plane landed at 2:00 a.m. local time and flew back to Chennai with a load of 35 tons of equipment, including 450 empty oxygen bottles, on a fast check-in. The plane landed in Chennai early in the morning on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. “

The Indian Navy uses seven ships for Operation Samudra Setu II

Seven ships, including INS Kolkata, INS Kochi, INS Talwar, INS Tabar, INS Trikand, INS Jalashwa and INS Airavat, have been used to ship liquid medical “oxygenated cryogenic containers” and related medical devices from various countries.

According to the Indian Navy, “both INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, missions in the Persian Gulf, were the first ships to be immediately diverted for this task. And they entered the port of Manama in Bahrain on April 30, 2021. “

As an update: INS Talwar returns home with 40 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO).

INS Kolkata was referred to Doha, Qatar for medical care and from there to Kuwait to ship liquid oxygen tanks.

The same applies to the east coast: INS Airavat was also rerouted for this task, while INS Jalashwa, the LPD, was taken out of maintenance to increase efforts.

INS Airavat will enter Singapore to embark liquid oxygen tanks and INS Jalashwa is ready in the area to open medical stores on short notice.

A second batch of Indian naval vessels

INS Kochi, INS Trikand and Tabar, stationed in the Arabian Sea, have also been diverted to join the national effort.

Meanwhile …

From the southern landing command, the INS Shardul dropship tank is preparing to take part in the operations soon.

“If necessary, the Indian Navy can deploy more ships to help fight the COVID-19,” added the Indian Navy spokesman.

More help from the US

On Monday May 3, 2021, Secretary of State S Jaishankar had the first face-to-face meeting with US Secretary of State Tony Blinken in the UK and the focus of the talks was on tackling the COVID pandemic.

Sources confirmed to Financial Express Online: “The two had in-depth discussions about India’s immediate requirements. The US Secretary of State has pledged a positive response to India’s demands. “

The next delivery from the USA will arrive soon.

What will India expect from the US?

While oxygen and related equipment are a priority, the US has responded to India’s request for more remdesvir.

Both countries also discussed improving Indian vaccine production, which will benefit not only India but also global demands. The two countries will work bilaterally and through multilateral initiatives in the QUAD format.

The UAE is sending oxygen tankers

Arindam Bagchi, official spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, tweeted that 7 ISO tankers each carrying 20 tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) had arrived at the port of Mundra, India.

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Further consolidation of our comprehensive strategic partnership. 7 ISO tankers each with 20 tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) arrive at the port of Mundra (India). First such delivery from LMO to India. I really appreciate the support of the UAE. Helps in increasing oxygen availability.

– Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) May 4, 2021

This is LMO’s first such shipment to India, according to his tweet, and this will help increase oxygen availability.

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