NEW DELHI: The Navy is transporting large oxygen-filled cryogenic containers from abroad, even as it has also opened up its hospitals for civilians and is helping different state administrations in terms of medical facilities, doctors, paramedics and supplies, said Admiral Karambir Singh on Monday.
Briefing PM Narendra Modi on the various initiatives being undertaken by his force, the Navy chief said warships were also regularly ferrying oxygen cylinders and medical supplies to Lakshadweep as well as Andaman & Nicobar Islands from the mainland.
“He informed the PM that the Navy has reached out to all state administrations to offer help in terms of hospital beds, transportation and other such things. He also apprised the PM about naval hospitals being opened for use of civilians in various cities,” said an official.
The Navy has deployed seven frontline warships to transport large oxygen containers as well as other supplies from countries like Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Singapore to India, said Admiral Singh.
Stealth frigate INS Talwar, for instance, is headed to Mumbai with 40 metric ton of liquid medical oxygen from Manama in Bahrain under the ongoing “Operation Samudra Setu-II”.
Similarly, destroyer INS Kolkata is transporting medical supplies and oxygen tankers from Qatar and Kuwait. “The second batch of ships, INS Kochi, INS Trikand and INS Tabar, which were mission deployed in Arabian sea, have also been diverted to join the national effort,” said another official.
Large amphibious warfare ships INS Airavat and INS Jalashwa, in turn, have been deployed on the eastern shipboard to embark oxygen cylinders and medical stores from Singapore. “The Navy has the surge capability to deploy more warships as and when needed,” he added.