Context: As part of the Government of India outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Naval Ship Kesari has been deployed as Mission Sagar to provide essential materials to Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros.

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  • The naval ship has departed for the Indian Ocean nations to provide Food Items, COVID related Medicines including HCQ Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams embarked. 
  • The operation is being progressed in close coordination with the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and other agencies of the Government of India.


  • This deployment as ‘Mission Sagar’, is in line with India’s role as the first responder in the region and builds on the excellent relations existing between these countries to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant difficulties.
  • The deployment is in consonance with India's vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region ‘SAGAR’ and highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her neighbouring countries and further strengthens the existing bond. 


Operation Samudra Setu 

  • Meaning “Sea Bridge” is launched by the Indian Navy, as a part of national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas. 
  • This operation is being progressed in close coordination with Ministries of Defence, External Affairs, Home Affairs, Health and various other agencies of the Government of India and State governments.
  • Indian Naval Ships Jalashwa and Magar are presently enroute to the port of Male, Republic of Maldives to commence evacuation operations.
  • Defence sources confirmed that INS Shardul and INS Airavat had set sail to the UAE.

Vande Bharat Mission

  • Under this mission, the government will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner.
  • The Mission will see the operation of 64 flights to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad amid the Covid-19 lockdown. 
  • Once completed, it may turn out to be the largest evacuation operation ever since the 1990 airlift of 1.7 lakh people from Kuwait.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1622644