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Operation Samudra Setu – INS Jalashwa Arrives at Tuticorin with Indian Citizens Embarked from Sri Lanka
WHY IN NEWS:
INS Jalashwa, deployed by the Indian Navy for “Operation Samudra Setu”, entered Tuticorin harbour on 02 June 2020 with 685 Indian nationals evacuated from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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INS Jalashwa would now be proceeding to Maldives for repatriation of approximate 700 Indian nationals as of 05 June 2020.
INS JALASHWA SPECIFICATIONS :
INS Jalashwa (Sanskrit/Hindi: Hippopotamus) is an amphibious transport dock currently in service with the Indian Navy.
- Formerly USS Trenton, she was procured from the United States by India for a total of US$90 million in 2005.
- She was commissioned on 22 June 2007.
- INS Jalashwa is the only Indian naval ship to be acquired from the United States.
- Jalashwa features a well deck, which can house up to four LCM-8 mechanised landing craft that can be launched by flooding the well deck and lowering the hinged gate aft of the ship.
- She also has a flight deck for helicopter operations from which up to six medium helicopters can operate simultaneously.
- She is also capable of embarking over 1,000 troops.
- The ship is fully equipped with extensive medical facilities including four operation theatres, a 12-bed ward, a laboratory and a dental centre.
- She was laid down at Seattle, Washington on 08 August 1966 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Company.
- She was launched on 03 August 1968 and was commissioned on 06 March 1971.
- After nearly 36 years of service with the US Navy, she was transferred to the Indian Navy on 17 January 2007 and was commissioned on 22 June 2007.
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