INS Jalashwa of the Indian Navy has arrived off the port of Male on 07 May 20 to undertake evacuation of Indian citizens stranded at Maldives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This ship is part of Operation Samudra Setu launched by the Indian Navy to bring Indian citizens home from foreign shores.
INS Jalashwa, the Indian Navy’s Landing Platform Dock (LPD) with its capacity to generate 3MW of electrical power, 60,000 gallons (212 tons) of freshwater a day and extensive medical facilities, is ideally suited to undertake Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) missions. The ship has been provided relief and COVID protection material as well as medical and administrative support staff.
For the transit back to India the ship will be zoned in order to prevent intermingling of the crew with the evacuees. It is planned to evacuate about 750 persons.