The decision to deploy the ships was taken by the government late in the night, on 20 May 16 in response to the request for assistance from Sri-Lankan government. Both the ships of the Southern Naval Command were made ready within six hours after directives were received. The ships, in addition to providing the relief material, would also be participating in the rescue and relief efforts.
Two Dornier aircraft are also standby at Kochi for any emergent requirement.
The swift action of deployment of ships reinforces Indian Navy’s commitment to reach out the countries in the region during the times of crisis