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Evacuation Operations of India

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An Evacuation Operation is an operation that is conducted to evacuate civilians or the native people from another country who get stuck in a war-torn situation or any natural calamity. The whole Government and the Armed forces are included in the operation.

In this article, we will be going through some of the evacuation Operations of India and how the Indian Bravehearts carried those operations swiftly.

Evacuation Operations of India

Let’s explore some Evacuation Operations of India in detail:

OPERATION MAITRI

Evacuation Operations of India

A rescue operation by the Indian government and NDRF in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. A relief and rescue operation by the Indian government in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

OPERATION RAAHAT

Evacuation Operations of India

Under this operation, India’s Armed Forces and External Affairs Ministry evacuated approximately 5600 people from Yemen, during a military intervention by Saudi Arabia and its allies.

OPERATION SANKAT MOCHAN

Evacuation Operations of India

In response to the 2016 clashes in Juba, South Sudan, Indians, and other foreign nationals were evacuated by the Indian Air Force through this operation.

BRUSSELS EVACUATION OPERATION

In March 2016, Belgium was hit by terror attacks at Brussels Airport in Zaventem and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. A total of 242 Indians, including 28 crew members returned to India on Jet Airways flight.

OPERATION INASANIYAT

Due to the large influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, India’s External Affairs Ministry launched Operation Insayat to assist Bangladesh in overcoming the humanitarian crises.

EVACUATION OPERATION NISTAR

It was an Indian Naval operation to evacuate 38 Indian nationals from Yemen’s cyclone-ravaged Socotra island.

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OPERATION SAMUDRA SETU

It was a naval evacuation operation as part of the national effort to bring home Indian nationals from overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It successfully brought about 3992 Indian Citizens to their homeland by sea.

The INS JALASHWA and INS AIRAVAT, SHRADUL, and MAGAR participated in this evacuation operation.

VANDE BHARAT

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, the center launched the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back Indian nationals stranded in foreign countries.

OPERATION DEVI SHAKTI

In August 2021, the Indian Air Force initiated an evacuation operation to bring back Indian nationals after the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan.

OPERATION GANGA

Evacuation Operations of India

An ongoing evacuation operation is bringing back all Indian nationals stuck in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

OPERATION AJAY

It is an ongoing operation that involves the Indian Armed Forces to evacuate the Indian Citizens from Israel during the 2023 Israel-Hamas war.

OPERATION DOST

In February 2023, the Indian government initiated a search and rescue mission to aid Syria and Turkey following a destructive earthquake.

OPERATION KAVERI

In response to the conflict between the army and paramilitary forces in Sudan, the Indian government launched ‘Operation Kaveri’ to rescue over 3000 stranded Indian nationals.

EVACUATION OPERATION POOMALAI

In June 1987, the Indian Air Force undertook a mission known as Operation Poomalai. This evacuation operation is also referred to as Eagle Mission 4. The mission aimed to airdrop supplies or compel the surrender of Jaffna in Sri Lanka during the Civil War. Additionally, this strategic operation aimed to bolster the insurgents’ efforts.

KUWAIT AIRLIFT

When one lakh Iraqi soldiers armed with tanks marched into Kuwait, the VIPs and rich people fled to Saudi Arabia. Consequently, India took the initiative and evacuated over 170000 stranded Indians in Kuwait by airlifting.

OPERATION SUKOON

In 2006, Israel and Lebanon broke into a military conflict, and India Planned an evacuation operation for the stranded citizens. The operation is more famously known as ‘Beirut Sealift’. Meanwhile, it was the largest naval rescue mission since the ‘Dunkirk’ evacuation. The task force evacuated about 2280 people including citizens from our neighbouring nations.

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OPERATION SAFE HOMECOMING

To bring back Indian citizens stranded in the conflict-torn Libya. The Indian Air Force and Indian Navy combined did the Operation and evacuated about 15400 Indian nationals by air and sea support.

So these were the Evacuation Operations of India, I hope you find this post helpful.

Himanshu Srivastava
Defence Enthuthiast
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