Transport dock of the Indian Navy Jalashwa has reached the port Anjouan in Comoros ( volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast) on 14th March 2021. Indian Naval ship was carrying a consignment of 1000 MT of rice. INS Jalashwa will be received by the Foreign Minister of Comoros, H E Dhoihir Dhoulkamal during a ceremony on 15th March 2021.

Backdrop

The consignment of 1,000 MT of rice as food assistance were flagged off to Comoros in the light of promise made by the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu during his brief visit to Comoros in the month of October 2019.

India-Madagascar Bilateral Cooperation

After handing over the consignment to Comoros, ship Jalashwa will travel to the Port of d’Ehola so as to deliver another consignment of 1000 metric tonne of rice and 1,00,000 tablets of Hydroxychloroquine. This consignment will be delivered in accordance with the promise of External Affairs Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Minister Jaishankar made his promise after the Madagascar asked for the solidarity and assistance from the Indian side to deal with the humanitarian crisis in South of Madagascar because of severe drought. The ship will also deploy the Indian Naval Training Team in Madagascar for capacity building and training of the Malagasy Special Forces for two weeks.

INS Jalashwa

The amphibious transport dock which presently serves the Indian Navy. It was procured from the USA for $90 million in 2005. Indian Naval ship then was commissioned to the service in June 2007. This is the only Indian naval ship that has been procured from USA. It is based in Visakhapatnam under Eastern Naval Command.

About Eastern Naval Command

The Eastern Naval Command is one among the three command-level formations of Indian Navy. This Command is based in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is responsible for all the naval forces in Bay of Bengal, parts of Indian Ocean and naval establishments on east coast of India. The Eastern Naval Command was set up in March 1968. It is commanded by a Three Star Flag Officer of the rank of Vice Admiral. The vice admiral flag officer is titled as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command.

INS Jalashwa Arrives at Anjouan Port INS Jalashwa Arrives at Anjouan Port