October 6, 2022

Mission SAGAR: INS Savitri arrives with medical equipment at Chittagong

Chittagong, Indian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) INS Savitri arrived at Chattogram harbour, Bangladesh on September 2 carrying two 960 Litres Per Minute (LPM) Medical Oxygen Plants (MOP) to support the efforts of the Bangladesh military and government agencies in combating the ongoing wave of the Covid pandemic in their country.  The MOPs have been developed and manufactured by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 

The ship was accorded a warm welcome by Bangladesh Navy and the mobile plants were received by Commanding Officer of BNS Patenga Navy Hospital and representatives from the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. On behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff, the Commanding Officer of the ship also called on the Commander Chittagong Naval Area, Commander BN Fleet and Chairman Chittagong Port Authority to reaffirm India’s solidarity and partnership with Bangladesh.

Following all Covid-19 protocols, the ship’s crew will also participate in professional and social exchanges with their counterparts in the Bangladesh Navy, further enhancing synergy between the two navies. The ship is also scheduled to participate in a Maritime Partnership Exercise with BN ship on September 3 on departure from port. 

India and Bangladesh have a close, long-standing relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which has strengthened over the years. The two countries have had regular maritime interactions in the past.

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