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INS AIRAVAT

INS AIRAVAT

Context:

On 24 Jul 2021, Indian Naval Ship Airavat arrived at the Port of Jakarta, Indonesia, carrying essential COVID-19 relief supplies.

About Recent Arrival:

  • The ship has brought 5 Cryogenic containers containing 100 MT of Liquid Oxygen and 300 Concentrators to support Indonesia in its fight against the ongoing pandemic.

INS Airavat:

  • It is the 3rd Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel of the Indian Navy.
  • It was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers in Kolkata at Yard 2016.
  • On 19 May 2009, she was commissioned at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta.
  • It is a Landing Ship Tank (Large) type of ship.
  • It’s primary role is to carry out amphibious operations and is capable of carrying multiple tanks, amphibious vehicles and other military cargo.
  • It is also deployed for HADR relief operations and has been a part of various relief efforts across the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Relation Between India and Indonesia:

  • India and Indonesia have close cultural and commercial ties.
  • Both countries have been working together in the maritime domain towards a safer Indo-Pacific.
  • The navies consistently carry out joint naval exercises in the form of bilateral exercises and coordinated patrols.

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