26 Navy personnel at INS Angre test positive for COVID-19

Panchanan Mishra

At least 26 Indian Navy personnel at INS Angre in Mumbai have tested positive for COVID-19. INS Angre is a shore-based logistics and support establishment in Mumbai under the Western Naval Command.

Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh

There has so far not been a single case of Covid-19 onboard any ship, submarine or air station of the Indian Navy, said officials.

‘Our naval assets continue to be mission-deployed in three dimensions, with all the networks and space assets functioning optimally.  The Navy remains combat-ready, mission-capable and is in full readiness to partake in the national mission to fight the pandemic as well as to provide support to our friendly neighbours in the IOR,” said a press release.

The detection of these COVID-19 cases is a  result of meticulous contact tracing and aggressive screening/testing carried out by Western Naval Command after one sailor tested positive on 07 April. Since then, all these sailors continue to remain asymptomatic and are being monitored at INHS Asvini, under the care of the best medical professionals.

Since the sailor was tested positive for COVID-19, the entire premises of the Unit have been sealed off. Containment zones and buffer areas have been designated and frequent disinfection continues to be carried out as per protocol to contain spread by breaking the chain of transmission.

All other areas within  naval premises have been under strict lockdown  and stringent quarantine and safety protocols have been enforced for personnel and their families, with door to door screening  being undertaken for  identification of cases, if any, said a release.

Several quarantine facilities have been set up in naval premises at Mumbai, Goa, Kochi and Visakhapatnam for use by our countrymen. Last week, a batch of 44 ex-Iran  pilgrims from the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir who were quarantined at the naval  facility in Mumbai, returned to their homes fully satisfied at the care and comfort they received from the Indian Navy. Naval aircraft have undertaken many missions flying supplies and personnel aiding state governments.

The Indian Navy has been proactive in sharing experiences, and SOPs adopted by the Indian Navy have been hosted on the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) website with a view to share our protocols with other navies.

The Indian Navy is committed to containing the spread of the infection to the maximum extent possible and remains operationally prepared as always, to meet any challenges in the maritime domain.

Army reports 8 COVID-19 cases

Chief of the Army Staff General MM Naravane on Friday confirmed 8 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Indian Army. He said of these 2 are doctors and a nursing assistant.

Four people are responding well to treatment.

One case is in Ladakh. The person is fully cured and joined duty.

Infections on French Aircraft carrier BAFLY

The French Navy is investigating how COVID-19 infected over 1,000 sailors out of 1767 personnel, aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

The ship is France’s biggest carrier. The flagship of the French navy is currently undergoing a lengthy disinfection process since returning to its home base in Toulon five days ago.

One person remains in intensive care and 20 others are hospitalised.

The nuclear-powered vessel reportedly had no contact with the outside world since it went to sea on March 15.

USS Theodore Roosevelt

Earlier this month, nearly 600 COVID-19 cases were confirmed abroad the Theodore Roosevelt, the USA aircraft carriers in the western Pacific.

One sailor later died in Guam, after the ship – which has a total crew of 4,800 – docked there.

Ship’s captain Brett Crozier was fired after his letter pleading for help from the outbreak was leaked to the American media.

A public outcry over the dismissal triggered the resignation of USA acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly.