Vital assets like ships, submarines must remain coronavirus-free: Navy chief staff

NEW DELHI: As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, Chief Admiral Karambir Singh told him Thursday that vital operational assets, such as submarines, must remain free and the military is ready to assist other countries in the region. from the Indian Ocean. The pandemic is unprecedented and has never been seen before. Its impact has been extraordinary around the world, including India, it said in a video message to all Navy personnel.

The danger posed by this disease is real, imminent and unprecedented, he noted.

India is under a 21-day blockade until April 14 to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

We need to double our efforts to ensure that our staff and their families continue to be safe ... We must also ensure that our operational assets, especially ships and submarines, remain virus-free, Singh said.

It is a very difficult task, since physical distancing on ships and submarines is a challenge ... I would also ask you to wear your masks at all times, he noted.

Singh listed the steps the Indian Navy took to deal with the virus, such as stopping recruitment, stopping transfers and movements of sailors and officers, and changing training settings.

Around 13 lakh people have been infected worldwide and there have been more than 70,000 deaths due to the virus.

These are difficult times. Many of you are separated from your families. Parents of some staff members are in villages and need help ... But I can say with satisfaction that our staff and our community have been proactively up to the task. said.

Our ships and planes are on standby to support the government and civil administration. We are ready to extend support not only to our country but to the nations of the Indian Ocean region, the insular territories of our country, said the chief of the navy.

The Covid-19 challenge is not over and will only escalate in the coming days and weeks, he said, adding that the Navy will be required to further increase its readiness.

Large-scale disinfection of the public, support for inter-state movement, preparation to assist local law and order, preparation of makeshift vehicles for medical assistance, establishment of rapid response teams that can track community contact naval as positive cases of Covid-19 increase. these are the steps the Navy should take, Singh said.

We need to be prepared for the worst case scenario. And in my opinion, it is going to be a long battle. We have decided that once the closure is over, the movement of personnel will occur in a coordinated manner. We shouldn't be making the moves in a hurry, he said.

If the situation worsens, we will have to be ready to create alternative areas where massive isolation and quarantine can be done, he said. >