India sends mobile oxygen plants to neighbour Bangladesh

India has sent two portable medical oxygen plants (MOPs) to Bangladesh to support the country's fight against Covid-19.

The Indian Navy ship INS Savitri carrying two plants arrived at Chattogram harbour in Bangladesh on on September 2.

"Working together as close partners, INS Savitri arrived at Chattogram harbour on September 02, 2021, and was ceremonially received by Bangladesh authorities. The ship carries two mobile Oxygen Plants as a gift from the people of India to the people of Bangladesh to support the fight against COVID19," the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh tweeted.

INS Savitri left Visakhapatnam earlier during the week with two 960 LPM MOPs, one each for the Bangladesh Navy and Dhaka Medical College.

"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 Indian Ministry of Defence said in statement.

INS Savitri is an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Indian Navy under the Eastern Naval Command based at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

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. It 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.

Earlier, Indian naval ship INS Shakti transported medical oxygen to Colombo, Sri Lanka, whilst INS Airavat is currently on a deployment to South East Asia for trans-shipment of medical aid to Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.


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