New Deli. 08 May 2021. Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy (IN) have intensified their efforts to aid the civil administration in tackling the current COVID19 situation by ferrying oxygen containers and medical equipment.As on May 07, 2021, the C-17 aircraft of IAF have conducted 400 sorties from within the country, including 351 to airlift 252 oxygen tankers of total capacity of 4,904 Metric Tonnes (MT). The cities covered were Jamnagar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Panagarh, Indore, Ranchi, Agra, Jodhpur, Begumpet, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Surat, Raipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Nagpur, Gwalior, Vijaywada, Baroda, Dimapur and Hindan.

The IAF aircraft also conducted 59 international sorties to airlift 72 cryogenic oxygen storage containers of 1,233 MT total capacity along with 1,252 empty oxygen cylinders. The containers and cylinders were procured from Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, UK, Germany, Belgium and Australia. In addition, the C-17 and IL-76 aircraft have been tasked to airlift cryogenic oxygen containers, oxygen generators and ventilators from Israel and Singapore.

The Indian Navy deployed itsships INS Talwar, INS Kolkata, INS Airavat, INS Kochi, INS Tabar, INS Trikand, INS Jalashwa& INS Shardulto ferryoxygen containers/cylinders/concentrators and related equipment from friendly foreign countries. The details are as follows:-

 Ship Name  Medical Supplies Country/Port Status
 INS Talwar 27-MT oxygen containers – 02 BahrainArrived at New Mangalore on May 05, 2021
   INS Kolkata Oxygen cylinders – 200Oxygen concentrators – 43+Oxygen cylinders – 20027-MT oxygen containers – 02Oxygen concentrators– 04  Doha, Qatar + Kuwait  Expected arrival at Mundra on May 09, 2021
 INS Kochi 27-MT oxygen containers – 03Oxygen concentrators – 03Oxygen cylinders–800  Kuwait Expected arrivalat Mundra/Mumbaion May 10/11, 2021 
 INS Tabar 27-MT oxygen containers – 02Oxygen cylinders–600 Kuwait Expected arrivalat Mundra/Mumbai on May 10/11, 2021 
 INS Trikand 27-MT oxygen containers– 02 Doha, Qatar Expected arrivalat Mumbai on May 10, 2021 
   INS Airavat 20 T empty cryogenic oxygen cylinders – 08Empty oxygen cylinders – 3,150Filled oxygen cylinders – 500Oxygen concentrators – 07Rapid Antigen Test kits – 10,000PPE kits – 450     Singapore   Expected arrivalat Visakhapatnam on May 10, 2021

Loading of oxygen containers and other medical supplies has also been planned on INS Tarkash, INS Shardul and INS Jalashwafrom Doha, Kuwait and Muara, Brunei respectively in the coming days.