INS AIRAVAT reached Port Sudan under Mission Sagar II.

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Airavat reached the Port Sudan on November 2, 2020. The Ship reached the port under Phase II of the Mission Sagar.

Highlights

  • INS Airavat carried a consignment of 100 tonnes of food aid to Sudan.
  • This was the part of India’s assistance programe under Mission Sagar.
  • Under the Mission Sagar, India has been providing assistance to its friendly foreign countries in order to help them overcome COVID-19 pandemic and other natural calamities.
  • In phase II of Mission Sagar, INS Ship Airavat will be delivering food aid to Djibouti, South Sudan and Eritrea apart from Sudan.
  • This mission is being implemented in joint coordination with the Ministries of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence.

Background

Under the first phase of Mission Sagar India deployed INS Kesari. The Ship carried food aid and medicines to countries including Comoros, Madagascar,  Seychelles, Mauritius and Maldives.

Mission SAGAR

The Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) mission was launched in 2015 under the strategic vision of Indian Ocean Region. Under this doctrine, India is aimed at strengthening its economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbours. India seeks to safeguard national interests in the Indian Ocean Region. Under this doctrine, India wants to ensure that the Indian Ocean Region becomes collaborative, inclusive and comply with the international laws. Mission SAGAR become more significant because it further comply with the other policies of India including Project Sagarmala, Project Mausam, Act East Policy, focus on Blue Economy and India as a net security provider.

Project Sagarmala

This project was launched to develop ports around the coasts of India. This, in turn, seeks to promote port led development across 7,500 km long coastline of the country. Under the project, expansion of inland waterways, rail, road and coastal services is being done under the aegis of The Ministry of Shipping.

Project Mausam

It is a cultural and economic project launched by the Indian Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).  The project is aimed at connecting the 39 countries bordering the Indian Ocean in order to rebuild maritime and economic connections. It also bring together the historical and archaeological researchers for recording the diversity of economic, cultural, and religious interactions between countries.