Indian Navy carries out Bangladesh relief operations

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New Delhi, Dec 13 (UNI) The Indian Navy has delivered thousands of tonnes of relief material to cyclone-devastated Bangladesh.

The relief material, which included 5000 tonnes of rice, was shipped from the Visakhapatnam base, Eastern Naval Command, an official release issued here today said.

India despatched the initial relief material through air transhipment, which was undertaken immediately in the aftermath of cyclone 'Sidr'.

During the devastating tsunami of December 2004, the Indian Navy had launched simultaneous operations not only in the country, but also in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Maldives. Naval ships again in July 2006 responded to humanitarian urgencies in war-torn Lebanon, evacuating 2280 personnel.

During the ongoing operation, four Amphibious ships of the Indian Navy- INS Gharial, Mahish, Cheetah and Kumbhir, were actively involved in shuttle services between Visakhapatnam and Chittagong.

These ships are specifically designed for landing troops and equipment ashore during actual operations. They are also used during calamities to carry relief and support material. A total of 1520 tonnes of rice have already been delivered at Chittagong and the operation would be completed by mid-January 2008.

UNI

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