Rescue Operations of the Indian Armed Forces
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Rescue Operations of the Indian Armed Forces

The rescue operations of the Indian Armed Forces are renowned all over the world. The Indian Armed Forces are the overall combined military of the Republic of India comprising the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force, and the Indian Navy. The President of India works as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Including an approximated total active force of 1,325,000 personnel, the Indian Armed Forces maintain the world’s second-largest armed forces.

The only reason we, the citizens of India, are savoring our lives without fretting about our security is all because of the Indian Army defending our nation at the border. Combating terrorism and unauthorized immigration, endangering their lives for us, they are on the lookout, night and day, come hail or storm.

Indian Armed Forces are not only responsible for saving the lives of the citizens within the country, but even outside the country. In this article, we’ll be talking about various rescue operations of the  Indian Armed Forces to rescue Indians from other countries:

  • Airlift of Indians from Kuwait (1990)

The 1990 airlift of Indians from Kuwait was carried out from August 13, 1990, to October 20, 1990, after the Invasion of Kuwait. It was the biggest of the rescue operations of the Indian Armed Forces. Air India supported by evacuating 170,000 people by civil airliners. The operation was carried out before the Persian Gulf War in 1990 to evacuate Indian refugees from Kuwait. Foreign Minister I.K. Gujral helped get Iraq to co-operate on these efforts. Following this operation Air India, the flag carrier Indian airline was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for most people evacuated by a civil airliner. Mathunny Mathews, Harbajan Singh Vedi, Abey Varicad, V.K Warrier, Ali Hussain, and few others based in Kuwait helped immensely in the evacuation efforts of fellow Indians.

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  • Operation Sukoon (2006)

Operation Sukoon was an operation driven by the Indian Navy to evacuate Indian, Sri Lankan and Nepalese nationals, as well as Lebanese nationals with Indian spouses, from the battle zone during the 2006 Lebanon War.

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  • Operation Safe Homecoming (2011)

Operation Safe Homecoming was an operation propelled by the Indian government on 26 February 2011 to evacuate its citizens who were escaping from the Libyan Civil War. The air-sea operation was led by the Indian Navy and Air India.

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  • Operation Raahat (2015)

Operation Raahat was an operation of the Indian Armed Forces to evacuate Indian citizens and foreign nationals from Yemen during the 2015 military invasion by Saudi Arabia and its allies in that country during the Yemeni Crisis. The evacuation by sea began on 1 April 2015 from the port of Aden. The air evacuation by the Indian Air Force and Air India commenced on 3 April 2015 from Sana’a. More than 4,640 Indian citizens in Yemen were evacuated along with 960 foreign nationals from 41 countries. The air evacuation ended on 9 April 2015 while the evacuation by sea ended on 11 April 2015.

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  • Operation Sankat Mochan (2016)

Operation Sankat Mochan was an operation of the Indian Air Force to evacuate Indian citizens and other foreign nationals from South Sudan during the South Sudanese Civil War. The operation was carried out given 2016 Juba clashes.

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While you’re reading this article, our Braveheart soldiers are now prepping up to tackle China’s intrusion. Let’s pray for their safety and their victory! We salute you, Indian Army! Click here to know some awesome facts about Ghatak Commandos.

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