Navy Ship leaves for India to bring medical oxygen shipment to Sri Lanka
The ship will take the delivery of the oxygen ordered from the Indian government, in order to maintain the required stocks for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the island.
With a view to preventing possible delays in the ports in bringing the medical grade oxygen to the country, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne to make arrangements to transport those items by Sri Lanka Navy. Responding swiftly to the directives of the President, the Navy dispatched landing ship tanker SLNS Shakthi to the port of Chennai today, to take the freight home urgently.
Accordingly, the naval ship is scheduled to arrive port of Chennai, India by tomorrow evening (18).
Further, the Navy will continue to go ahead with this service as required and stands ready at all times to apply itself at will, with an unwavering spirit to respond to any emergency situation in the country, the Navy said in a statement.