Operation Samudra Setu, which was launched on 05 May 2020 as part of the national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic has culminated after successfully bringing 3,992 Indian citizens back to their homeland by sea.
This operation lasted over 55 days and 4 Indian Naval Ships participated includes Jalashwa (Landing Platform Dock), and Airavat, Shardul and Magar (Landing Ship Tanks) transversing more than 23,000 Kilometres by sea.
Indian Navy has previously undertaken similar evacuation operations as part of Operation Sukoon in 2006 (Beirut) and Operation Rahat in 2015 (Yemen).
Total 3,992 Indian citizens evacuated during Operation Samudra Setu were disembarked at various ports as indicated in the table above and entrusted to the care of respective state authorities.
The greatest challenge for the Indian Navy was to avoid any incident of outbreak of virus infection onboard the ships during the evacuation operation. Rigorous measures were planned and medical/ safety protocols unique to the operating environment of ships were implemented.