Mission Sagar was a COVID-19 relief mission, and it was launched by the Government of India in May 2020 as a part of the efforts in order to provide essential aid to the countries of the Indian Ocean. This mission was followed by Mission Sagar II in the month of November and Mission Sargar III in the month of December.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the Mission Sagar is in tandem with the security and growth for all in the religion. This mission is a humanitarian and inter-country outreach program. It is in alignment with the initiative of SAGAR and is a vision for economic and security cooperation between the country and its maritime neighbours.
Following the pandemic of COVID-19, the Indian Government took the decision to fulfil the vision of this initiative by providing some essential humanitarian aid to its maritime neighbours.
What Were The Three Missions of Mission Sagar?
As mentioned above, the initiative of this mission is a vision for economic and security cooperation between India and its Partners. A series of 3 missions were launched in the year 2020, and they were carried out by the ships of the Indian Navy. These ships helped in buying essential items like medicines to the ports of the maritime partners of India. The mission is one of the best efforts put forward by the Government of India for providing relief in the pandemic of coronavirus.
The Mission Sagar- 1
The country sent INS Kesari on 10th May 2020 with medicines, food items and medical assistance teams. It would also make its way to the nations of the Indian Ocean of Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, La Reunion and Comoros. All these nations are the part of Indian Ocean Commission of which India became an observer.
This was the first time that a single relief mission was taken into account to cover all the island nations in the Western Indian Ocean. The only exception was Sri Lanka where the Indian Air Force airlifted different supplies in the country.
INS Kesari then returned to the port of Kochi on 28th June 2020 travelling over 7500 nautical miles within 55 days.
The Mission Sagar-II
Then, in the month of November 2020, INS Airavat left the port and it was delivered food to Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea and South Sudan. Along with the fulfilment of this humanitarian mission, the country was also strengthening its strategic positions as these nations sat on the major shipping lane between Suez Canal and the Red Sea. Thus, they are vital shipping routes and these can prove to be a strategic asset in times of conflict.
The Mission Sagar-III
In December 2020, the INS Kiltan made its way towards Vietnam and Cambodia. It was carrying around 15 tons of HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) for disasters relief following the catastrophic floods in Cambodia and Vietnam.
Like the previous missions, the exercise was to show that India is a dependable partner for southeast Asian nations and the first responder in the region.
The Mission Sagar- IV
Then, in March 2021, the INS Jalashwa reached Port Anjouan, Comoros to deliver 1000 metric tonnes of rice to the nations of the Island. This was the second time an Indian naval ship is arriving at Comoros. Likewise the first part of the mission, the country delivered medicines and medical assistance teams to Comoros.
Mission Sagar FAQs
✅ What is the full form of Mission Sagar?
The full form of Sagar stands for Security and Growth for All in the Region.
✅ Which ship is used in Mission Sagar IV?
Indian Naval Ship Jalashwa is used in Mission IV.
✅ When was the Mission Sagar launched?
The mission was launched on 10th May 2020.