Under India’s largest reparation scheme, ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, the Operation Samudra Setu of the Indian Navy has evacuated several stranded Indians wishing to return back to their homeland from several parts of the globe, since its commencement on May 8, 2020,
In the next phase of Operation Samudra Setu, the Indian Naval Ship Shardul is to repatriate Indian citizens stranded in Iran from June 8, 2020. Indian Naval ships Jalashwa and Magar have already evacuated 2874 personnel from Maldives and Sri Lanka to ports of Kochi and Tuticorin.
The Indian Naval Ship Shardul will embark from the port of Bandar Abbas, Islamic Republic of Iran, to Porbandar, Gujarat. The Indian Mission in Islamic Republic of Iran is preparing a list of Indian citizens to be evacuated and will facilitate their embarkation after requisite medical screening. All the COVID-related precautionary measures have been catered onboard INS Shardul and all the authorised medical outfit and medical equipment specific to dealing with COVID-19 including innovative products developed by the Indian Navy during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is also being carried onboard.