The amphibious ship, which is the first ship of the Shardul class, is designed to carry tanks, trucks and troops and is now part of the multiple lines of effort, by the government of India and the Indian Navy to bring Oxygen from various countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Several ships of the Indian Navy are currently deployed as part of this initiative and deployment of INS Shardul is the latest.
India Navy launched Operation Samudra Setu-II a few days back to augment ongoing national mission Oxygen Express and aid in the faster transportation of medical oxygen and other supplies from IOR countries in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases.
INS Shardul had earlier played a key role in Operation Samudra Setu where the vessel had participated in the repatriation of Indian citizens stranded in foreign countries in 2020. Once Shardul returns it is likely to be redeployed to continue the mission.