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India deploys Magar-class amphibious ship to Bangladesh on Rohingya relief mission

25 September 2017

The Indian Navy has deployed a Magar-class amphibious ship to the port of Chittagong, Bangladesh in support of a humanitarian relief mission for Rohingya refugees.

The ship, INS Gharial , departed India on 25 September with 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian supplies, said an Indian Navy spokesperson via an official social media account.

The location from which Gharial started its journey was not mentioned, but a location verification of other ships seen in images of Gharial ’'s sent-off ceremony via AIS Live indicate the point of departure to be Chennai port.

Gharial ’'s mission has been conducted under the ambit of the ‘Operation Insaniyat’ – the Government of India’s response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, where more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state are estimated to have settled into.

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