The Indian armed forces on Friday said that it is ready to evacuate Indians who are stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown.

As per reports, the Centre is working on a plan to evacuate the stranded Indians and a large number of aircraft and naval ships have been prepared for the mission.

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that a fleet of transport aircraft is on stand-by and his force will undertake any task whenever assigned to it by the government.

At least 30 aircraft have been made ready by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for evacuating stranded Indians from abroad.

Meanwhile, Chief of Naval Staff Karambir Singh also said that the Navy is ready with its ships in evacuating Indians who are stranded abroad.

The Navy has identified the INS Jalashwa, an amphibious ship, and two other landing ship tanks for the operation.

The Civil Aviation Ministry also said that it is ready to make available around 650 commercial planes including freighters for receiving stranded Indians from abroad.

Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat expressed his gratitude towards the frontline staff for their dedicated services amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In order to appreciate the services of the frontline staff, the armed forces on Sunday will be organising multiple events like flypast by fighter and transport aircraft of the IAF from Srinagar to Thiruvanthapuram, and from Dibrugarh to Kacchh.

The helicopters from IAF and the navy shall be showering flower petals on the Hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

The Navy and ICG shall move ships in formations at sea at select locations while Army bands shall visit COVID hospitals and play tunes outside the hospitals in an expression of gratitude to the Corona Warrior


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