New Delhi, With the overarching aim of providing critical medical aid to Sri Lanka during the ongoing crisis, INS Gharial as part of Mission SAGAR IX arrived at Colombo on April 29 and delivered over 760 kg of 107 types of critical lifesaving medicines.
The shipment was received by Sri Lankan Health Minister Channa Jayasumana, and would be supplied to the University of Peradeniya Hospital.
In line with Government of India’s vision of SAGAR – Security And Growth for All in the Region – the Indian Navy undertakes several deployments titled ‘Mission SAGAR’ to assist friendly Indian Ocean Region littorals.
Since May 2020, Indian Navy has successfully concluded eight such missions, deploying 10 ships to 18 Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs). “With a steadfast intent of delivering a high quantum of humanitarian assistance to our neighbours, personnel from ships and shore organisations of Indian Navy have invested close to a million man-hours to bring succour to our friends overseas,” a statement from Indian Navy said.