Bengaluru: INS Trikand arrived at Mumbai, carrying covid relief material from Qatar. These materials include two Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) containers of 20 MT each and 100 Oxygen cylinders.

The exercise is part of ongoing COVID relief Operation 'Samudra Setu II’. 
Even as Indian Navy remains deployed to augment the critical medical stores in the nation's ongoing fight against COVID-19, Indian naval ships Teg, Betwa, Subhadra, Makar, Tarasa and 07 ISVs apart from naval helicopters and aircraft relentlessly continue with their SAR efforts off the West coast of India in wake of the sinking of Barge P305 in ODA due to havoc wreaked by Cyclone Tauktae, a statement from ministry of defence said. 

Earlier this month, INS Kolkata arrived in New Mangalore while INS Airavat arrived in Visakhapatnam, bringing relief materials.  

These ships are part of nine ships deployed for COVID relief Operation 'Samudra Setu II’ for shipment of Liquid Medical Oxygen and associated medical equipment from friendly foreign countries in the Persian Gulf and South East Asia.

As India fights the pandemic as one, its Navy has been at the forefront, under Operation Samudra II. 

Ships from all three Naval Commands in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Kochi, were deployed for shipment of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) and associated medical equipment from friendly foreign countries in Persian Gulf and South East Asia. 

Earlier, Indian Naval Ship Talwar entered the port of New Mangalore in Karnataka, ferrying two 27 tons liquid oxygen tanks from Bahrain. 
4 warships had also brought around nine 27-ton oxygen tanks and more than 1500 oxygen cylinders from these countries.

Indian Naval Ship Airavat, on the other hand, had brought 3600 oxygen cylinders, eight 27-ton (216 tons) oxygen tanks, 10,000 Rapid Antigen Detection test kits and seven concentrators from Singapore.

INS Shardul, from the Persian Gulf, had brought three liquid Oxygen filled cryogenic containers. 

It should also be noted that last year, INS Jalashwa and INS Shardul, had taken part in Operation Samudra Setu to repatriate stranded Indian citizens from abroad.

“The deployment of nine warships as part of ‘Operation Samudra Setu II’ forms a part of the multiple lines of effort, by the Government of India and the Indian Navy to supplement the oxygen requirement in the country,” the Ministry of Defence had said in a statement, earlier this month.