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The first consignment of medical oxygen from Bahrain reached Mangalore.

The INS Talwar docked at New Mangalore Port on May 5 with 40 metric tonnes of medical oxygen provided to India by the Bahrain government.

The INS Talwar docked at New Mangalore Port on May 5 with 40 metric tonnes of medical oxygen provided to India by the Bahrain government.With daily cases approaching up to 3 lakh, India faced a severe shortage of medical supplies and continued to work with other countries to obtain crucial medical supplies. Medical supplies were welcomed in India based on bilateral aid and humanitarian relief from other countries to meet the demands amid the COVID-19 surge.

Bahrain decided in a cabinet meeting to express its solidarity and revealed its willingness to assist India. The Bahrain government announced on May 2 that it would send medical equipment and oxygen to India.

Operation Samudra Setu-II was deployed to bolster India's oxygen supply. The INS Talwar, the first of the ships engaged in the mission, arrived in Mangalore on May 5, 2021, from Bahrain. INS Talwar brought two cryogenic oxygen tankers filled with a total of 40 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen (each carried 20 metric tonnes). An MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi appreciated Bahrain's assistance. He said this gesture strengthened the solid bilateral relationships based on shared history and cultural affinities between the countries.

The seven Indian Navy ships deployed to bring tankers filled with liquid oxygen and medical equipment from abroad were INS Kolkata, Kochi, Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa, and Airavat. INS Kolkata and INS Talwar were the first batch of ships deployed in the Persian Gulf to start the task immediately and entered the Manama port of Bahrain and headed back to India with 40 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen to Mangalore.

India Today reports that the INS Talwar carried oxygen would be provided to hospitals in Karnataka facing acute shortage of life-saving gas. Vice Admiral MS Pawar, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, said nearly nine warships were sent to various ports in the region from Kuwait and Singapore to get the much-needed oxygen and other medical supplies to India, reports India Today.

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