In an effort to repatriate Indian Citizens from overseas, the Operation Samudra Setu was launched on 5th May 2020 by the Indian Navy.
The Operation Samudra Setu lasted over 55 days in which 3,992 Indian Citizens were brought back to their homeland by the sea route by the Indian Navy.
Evacuation Operation like Samudra Setu was last conducted by the Indian Navy back in 2015 during Operation Rahat when 5600 people (960 were Foreign Nationals, Remaining Indian Citizens) were evacuated from Yemen.
INS Jalashwa, and 3 Landing Ship Tanks- INS Airavat, INS Shardul, and INS Magar participated in Samudra Setu.
INS Jalashwa made the last evacuation drive under the operation by bringing 687 Indian Citizens back to India from Iran’s Bandar Abbas port.