Three Indian Navy warships are bringing to India on Monday 80 tons of liquid oxygen, 20 cryogenic oxygen tanks, 3150 cylinders, and a large amount of other medical aids from abroad as the country battles the second wave of the pandemic.
The medical supplies being brought by the ships included 900 oxygen-filled cylinders and 10,000 rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits, 54 oxygen concentrators, 450 PPE kits, Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
Indian Navy ship Airavat is reaching Visakhapatnam from Singapore carrying eight cryogenic oxygen tanks each having a capacity of 20 metric tons of oxygen and other supplies. Another warship, INS Kolkata, is arriving at New Mangalore port carrying 40 metric tons of liquid oxygen, 400 oxygen cylinders, and 47 oxygen concentrators from Qatar and Kuwait, Commander Madhwal said.
INS Trikand is arriving at Mumbai’s port with 40 tons of oxygen from Qatar, he added.
Last week, the Indian Navy deployed nine warships to bring liquid oxygen and other supplies from several countries in the Persian Gulf and southeast Asia.
The Navy said it has stepped up its efforts as ships from all three naval commands in Mumbai, Vishakhapatnam, and Kochi were deployed to bring oxygen and other medical equipment under operation ‘Samudra Setu II’.