The ship is expected to reach Tuticorin on Sunday

Continuing evacuation of Indians stranded in different corners of the world due to Covid-19 pandemic triggered lockdown, Indian Navy’s INS Jalashwa under operation ‘Samudra Setu’ reached Male to repatriate 700 Indian nationals. The ship which departed for India late in the evening is expected to reach Tuiticorin in Tamil Nadu on June 7.

During the embarkation, as per the statement issued by the Ministry of Defence, the ship was visited by Colonel Mohamed Saleem, the Commandant of the Maldives Coast Guard.

With this trip, Jalashwa will successfully bring back almost 2700 Indian citizens from Maldives and Sri Lanka to Indian shores under the broader umbrella of the Indian government’s mission “Vande Bharat”.

The ship will observe strict COVID protocols onboard and is expected to reach Tuticorin on Sunday.

The evacuated personnel will be disembarked at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu and entrusted to the care of State authorities.

IVD Bureau