What Are The Recent HADR Operations Undertaken By The Indian Forces?

The efforts by the Indian armed forces in the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations has seen a rise in the past few days. It all started in the recent days when IAF contained a fire at Malviya Nagar.

Let’s see the recent HADR operations by the Indian forces in the recent days:

30 May 2018: Containing fire at Malviya Nagar

Around midnight a request was received at HQ Western Air Command for containing a fire at Malviya Nagar in Delhi. A MLH class helicopter airborne from Sarsawa did a recce and landed at Palam. Thereafter helicopter got airborne with Bambi Bucket to contain the fire.

Containing Katra Forest Fire
Containing Katra Forest Fire

The helicopter filled water from Yamuna reservoir and dropped over the site thrice with approx. 8000 lts of water. The helicopter was flown by Wing Commander Pradeep Bhola of the Mighty Armours.

3 June 2018: Operation Nistar

In response to a distress call received from the DG shipping and the Indian Sailing Vessels Association, Indian Naval Ship Sunayna, currently deployed for a mission based deployment in the Gulf of Aden, was directed to evacuate 38 Indian nationals stranded on the Yemeni island of Socotra in the aftermath of cyclone Mekenu.

The INS Crew With the Evacuees
The INS Crew With the Evacuees

Read More: What is operation Nistar by Indian Navy

5 June 2018: Casevac of Israeli Nationals

On 5 June, the ‘Himalayan Dragons’ based at Air Force Station Sarsawa were tasked to undertake a challenging casualty evacuation of 3 Israeli nationals whose vehicle had fallen down in a gorge on the way to Rohtang Pass. One Israeli succumbed to injuries. All 3 were evacuated in ALH MK III IAF helicopter from Kullu to Chandigarh, along with Israeli embassy official and Medical Officer.

Casevac of Israeli NationalsCasevac of Israeli Nationals
Casevac of Israeli Nationals

12 June 2018: 30 students from Kashmir Super 50 meets COAS

The fifth batch of Kashmir Super 50 had 45 boys based in Srinagar and 5 girl students based in Noida.  Out of which, this year, 32 students (30 boys and 02 girls) have cleared IIT-JEE Mains and 7 students have cleared IIT-JEE Advance. They meet Gen Bipin Rawat in New Delhi in 12 June.

Gen Rawat interacting with the girls
Gen Rawat interacting with the girls

13 June 2018: Casevac Bhadarwah Sector

Chetak Helicopter of Indian Air Force undertook a challenging evacuation of 2 lying casualties to Jammu from a location of 8800 Ft altitude, injured in a bus accident. One lady aged 23 years with pelvic and multiple fracture and one male aged 32 years with spinal trauma along with one attendant were evacuated. The third casuality along with the attendant was evacuated from the same place to Udhampur as the patient becoming convulsive enroute to Jammu.

Casevac Bhadarwah Sector
Casevac Bhadarwah Sector

15 June 2018: Flood Relief Operations in Tripura

Three Mi 17 helicopters of Indian Air Force undertook operations in flood affected areas of the state of Tripura, particularly in the town of Kailashahar. The helicopters are operated from 9km from Kailashahar and 4.1 tons of food and other essential supplies were delivered to the affected people in the area.

16 June 2018: Indian Navy Anchors Burning Merchant Vessel

A Seaking helicopter winched down one MARCO officer on the ill-fated merchant vessel SSL KOLKATA which had been on fire since the last two days and abandoned by the 22 crew members on 14 Jun18 off the Sagar Island at the mouth of the Ganges Delta. The operation had successfully managed to arrest further drift of the ship to enable salvage operations by the company.

18 June 2018: IAF douse offshore fire on ship

A Mi-17 V5 Helicopter of the Indian Air force was requisitioned on 17 Jun 2018 for dousing the flames on a merchant vessel MV SSL on the shores of Sunderbans. The Helicopter carried out Bambi bucket operations from Franzergunj Harbour helipad in West Bengal. 15000 litres of water carried in 6 shuttles with a Bambi bucket.

18 June 2018: Airbridge for Mansarovar Yatra

For three months, starting 18 June 2018, the Indian Air Force would create an airbridge between Pithoragarh and Gunji, in an effort to airlift 1080 registered passengers to Gunji to enable them to continue their journey for the coveted annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Mansarovar Yatri
Mansarovar Yatri


The Indian Forces are forever ready for the help of people in need – both national and foreigners. They not only just prepare for war but proactively take part in the Humanitarian and Disaster relief operations for its people.

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