India has despatched three naval ships to evacuate its residents stranded within the Maldives and UAE because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a defence spokesperson mentioned within the early hours on Tuesday.
INS Jalashwa deployed off the Mumbai coast, together with INS Magar, diverted for the Maldives on Monday evening, he mentioned.
Whereas INS Shardul diverted to Dubai to evacuate the expatriates, the spokesperson added.
The three ships will return to Kochi, he mentioned.
INS Magar and INS Shardul are Southern Naval Command ships, whereas INS Jalashwa is from Japanese Naval Command.