MV Kavaratti and MV Corals arrive at Kochi

MV Kavaratti and MV Corals arrive at Kochi

MV Kavaratti & MV Corals being escorted by INS Tir to Kochi harbour

MV Kavaratti & MV Corals being escorted by INS Tir to Kochi harbour

MV Kavaratti and MV Corals arrived Kochi to a rousing welcome by Naval and other Officials in the presence of Shri KC Joseph, minister for Non Resident Keralite Affairs (NORKA) and Shri Hibi Eden, MLA on 18 Apr15 amidst fanfare by Naval Band.

Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC) leading the ships into their berths

Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC) leading the ships into their berths

The ships were received by the Chief Staff Officer, operations (CSO) of the Southern Commodore Alok Khanijo and Naval Officer in charge of Kerala (NOIC-KL) Capt Verghese Mathew. The ships had brought 475 passengers which included 337 Bangladeshi nationals, 65 Yemenis of Indian Origin besides 73 Indians.

Marine Commandoes on board MV Corals Being received by Commodore Khanijo, Chief Staff Officer, Operations, Southern Naval Command

Marine Commandoes on board MV Corals Being received by Commodore Khanijo, Chief Staff Officer, Operations, Southern Naval Command

The ships which also had Marine Commandoes (MARCOS) on board were escorted by INS Tir upto harbour mouth after which they were led to their assigned berth by two Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC). This concludes the evacuation of personnel under Operation Raahat.

Naval Band welcoming the ships

Naval Band welcoming the ships

Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC) leading the ships into their berths

Fast Interceptor Crafts (FIC) leading the ships into their berths