Indian Navy's largest amphibious warship INS Jalashwa today (7 June) brought back 700 more Indian nationals who had been stranded in Male, reports Times of India.
The ship docked in Tuticorin, completing the voyage under Operation Samudra Setu, operating under which this warship alone has brought back around 2,700 Indians from the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
The trip marked the ship's third voyage to the Maldives to bring back Indians stranded there since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Prior voyages to the Maldives took place on 8 May and 16 May. Apart from trips to the Maldives, INS Jalashwa had brought back 700 Indians from Colombo in Sri Lanka to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu on 1 June.
Under the second phase of the Operation Samudra Setu, INS Jalashwa will now carry out the evacuation of Indians from the Bandar Abbas port in Iran. It has its base in Visakhapatnam.
It should be noted that the Indian Navy has been put to service along with Air India flights by the Government to bring Indians back from abroad locations.
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