Indian Navy prepares 3 largest warships to evacuate stranded Indians in the Gulf
The Indian Navy has readied three of its largest warships to move to the Gulf to evacuate stranded Indians.
The INS Jalashwa, an LPD or Landing Platform Dock— an amphibious warship— has been readied along with two LSTs or tank landing ships.
The Indian government has asked these ships to be prepared to move within a few days.
As they are large ships, particularly the INS Jalashwa, a huge number of people can be evacuated, if the option to send ships as opposed to Air India jumbos is taken.
The Jalashwa, apart from its crew, can carry 1,000 people and after social distancing, about 850 people.
In fact, the Indian Navy has eight LSTs in Vizag, Port Blair and Cochin, but two are being refitted.
Apart from the other two being readied, the other four LSTs are also to be readied.