The two Indian warships sent to strife-torn Yemen to evacuate Indians will also provide anti-piracy escort services to the two passenger ships sent to Djibouti Port to bring back stranded nationals, Vice Chief of the Navy P. Murugesan said.
Giving details of the evacuation plan, Vice Admiral Murugesan, who today took over as the Vice Chief, said the evacuation is being worked out through the sea and air routes. “Several agencies like Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Air India are going to participate in this operation,” he said speaking to reporters here.
The Navy has dispatched its destroyer INS Mumbai and stealth frigate INS Tarkash for evacuation of Indians besides two passenger ships from Cochin. “The Indian naval ships will go and evacuate the persons as well as provide anti—piracy escort duties to the various assets deployed for the operation,” Mr. Murugesan said. Both Naval ships are capable of carrying people back to India.
While INS Mumbai has a crew of about 350, INS Tarkash has a crew of about 250. All facilities will be extended to the stranded Indians.