With the developed allies in West Asia and South-East Asia, the Indian Navy is anticipated to collect nearly 600 Metric tonnes (MT) of liquid medical oxygen from Qatar, 400 MTs from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 1000 MTs from Kuwait in the upcoming 30 days. From May 12, landing ship tank (LST) INS Shardul has been in Kuwait and will leave for India on May 15 with 120 MTs of liquid oxygen.
An Admiral stated, “The Indian Navy has established two logistics lines, one with the Gulf countries, other with South East Asian countries led by Singapore. The planned pick of medical oxygen from Gulf countries is highly dynamic and numbers can change. But the fact remains is that India’s Gulf Allies are standing with it in times of medical distress.”
The Indian Navy and Indian Air Force are working in collaboration to work on procuring the medical oxygen. The admiral further added, “All the strategic lift ships that is LST and Landing Transport Docks have been deployed for lifting critical medical supplies. In fact, all the six ships deployed in the Gulf and Arabian Sea for Exercise Varuna with the French Navy were diverted to Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. INS Shardul was dispatched from Kochi to the Gulf region. As of now, 260 MTs of LMO and 2000 filled oxygen cylinders have been delivered to Indian shores from warships deployed in the western Indian Ocean region.”
For instance, INS Talwar collected 40 MT from Manana, Bahrain on May 1, INS Kolkata had a pick-up from Doha dated on May 4 of 200 oxygen cylinders and on May 5 with 40 MT of LMO.
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