INDIAN NAVY, FIRST TO RESPOND IN MALDIVIAN CRISIS
The island nation of Maldives is facing a national contingency that occurred due to fire on December 4, 2014, in its desalination plant. This plant produces drinking water for Malé. Responding to Maldives urgent request for assistance, INS Sukanya, on patrol off Kochi, was diverted immediately to arrive at Malé on December 5, 2014. The ship carried 35 tonne of freshwater and has the capability to produce 20 tonnes of water every day. The ship has already transferred approximately 65 tonnes of freshwater till this the evening of December 7.
Additionally INS Deepak, a large fleet tanker with 900 tonnes of water, had also sailed from Mumbai and reached Malé on December 7, 2014. The Indian Navy warships have the capability to produce drinking water using their desalination plants (INS Deepak is capable of producing 100 tonnes water every day).