India has gifted two mobile medical oxygen plants to Bangladesh to support the country's fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has already claimed over 26,000 lives.
The Indian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel, INS Savitri, carrying two Mobile Oxygen Plants (MOPs) each with a capacity of generating 960 litres of Oxygen per minute, arrived in Chattogram on Thursday.
Earlier, the INS Savitri left Visakhapatnam on Monday with two MOPs.
"India and Bangladesh have a close, long-standing relationship covering a wide spectrum of activities and interactions, which has strengthened over the years. The people of India and Bangladesh also share close cultural bonds and a shared vision of democratic society and a rules-based order," the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The MOPs, which were developed and manufactured by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, are being given to the Government of Bangladesh to support to the natural effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
One MOP is to be set up at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and the other plant is for the Bangladesh Navy, to be set up at BNS Patenga.
These fully equipped, state-of-the-art MOPs generate medical oxygen on-site in a highly cost-effective manner.
This visit by INS Savitri is also the second port call by Indian Navy vessels to Bangladesh in 2021, when India and Bangladesh are jointly commemorating the Golden Jubilee of the 1971 Liberation War. Earlier in March 2021, two Indian Navy ships had made a historic maiden visit to Mongla to jointly celebrate Mujib Barsho.
INS Savitri is an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Indian Navy under the Eastern Naval Command based at Visakhapatnam. The ship is designed to patrol India’s vast Exclusive Economic Zone and has been built by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Vishakhapatnam.
As part of the Eastern Fleet of India, INS Savitri undertakes fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of the sea lanes of communication. The ship is commanded by Cdr N Roby Singh.
While in Bangladesh, the ship’s company would be interacting with their Bangladesh counterparts; on its journey out, Indian Navy and Bangladesh Navy ships will be engaging in Passage Exercise in the Bay of Bengal on Friday (September 3).
Regular port calls by Bangladesh Navy and Indian Navy ships to each other’s countries is an ongoing activity and helps strengthen the spirit of fraternal friendship and close cooperation.
As part of the Government of India's vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has been proactively engaging with countries in the region and has been at the forefront of numerous humanitarian missions spanning the entire extent of the Indian Ocean including South/South East Asia and East Africa.