New Delhi: Amid coronavirus pandemic around the globe, Indian Navy’s INS Jalashwa to undertake repatriation of 750 Indian nationals stranded in Maldives on Friday.
INS Jalashwa entered Male port on Thursday morning.
"This ship is part of Operation Samudra Setu launched by the Indian Navy to bring Indian citizens home from foreign shores," the Indian Navy said in a statement.
The ship has been provided relief material and COVID protection material as well as medical and administrative support staff.
INS Jalashwa, the Indian Navy’s Landing Platform Dock (LPD) with its capacity to generate 3MW of electrical power, 60,000 gallons (212 tons) of fresh water a day and extensive medical facilities, is ideally suited to undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions, it added.
The ship has been zoned in order to prevent intermingling of the crew with the evacuees.
India has been under lockdown since March 24 to contain the fast spread of coronavirus, which has infected over 53,000 people and killed around 1,780 people in the country till now.