Who: Operation Raahat?
What: UK’s Royal Navy desired to study it
When: Second week of February 2016
Operation Raahat: Massive air and sea operation carried out by India in Yemen in 2015
The Operation Rahaat came in news in second week of February 2016 after the Royal Navy of United Kingdom (UK) presented its desire to officially study India’s humanitarian rescue operation in Yemen.
The Royal Navy wants to study the Operation Raahat in all its details and understand the meticulous planning process that was followed. It also wants to learn the way the plans were executed.
Operation Raahat was one of the most stellar rescue missions ever conducted in a strife-torn area internationally. It was overseen by Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh.
During the operation, the Indian forces rescued about 5600 people including 960 foreign nations from 41 countries in a short span of 10 days.
The operation was executed with the participation of INS Sumitra, INS Mumbai, INS Tarkash, merchant vessels namely, Kavaratti and Coral and two 180-seater Airbus A320 plane. The complete operation saw coordinated efforts of Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Air India, Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Railways and the state governments.
The countries whose nationals were rescued includes United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Canada, France, Indonesia, Romania, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Jordon, Nepal and many more.