V Narayan | TNN
MUMBAI: Indian Navy ship INS Magar, an amphibious warfare vessel, on Thursday departed Mumbai for Port Beira in Mozambique with essential relief material for the cyclone ravaged areas. The Indian warship is carrying 300 tonnes of relief supplies including essential medicines, anti–epidemic drugs, food provisions, clothing, repair and rehabilitation equipment, and temporary shelters.
Defence spokesperson said the ship is also carrying a naval Chetak Light Utility helicopter that will be used in the ongoing relief operations. “She is bound for Port Beira and will become the fourth Indian Navy ship after INS Sujata, Shardul and Sarathi of 1 Training Squadron to augment the Indian Navy's ongoing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) efforts in Mozambique,” said the official.
INS Magar, a Landing Ship Tank (Large) of the Indian Navy was built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. Kolkata and commissioned on July 18, 1987. Over the past 30 years, she has participated in multifarious naval operations, from amphibious exercises, fleet deployments and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
The major operations undertaken by the ship include Op Pawan (Indian Peace Keeping Force - IPKF operations in Sri Lanka), wherein she played a pivotal role in movement of logistics supplies to the area of operations, to support the IPKF land forces. The most noteworthy operation was in the wake of the 2004 Tsunami, wherein the ship had provided relief for over 1300 survivors.