The Indian Navy has readied three of its largest warships to move to the Gulf to evacuate stranded Indians.
The INS Jalashwa, an LPD or Landing Platform Dock, an amphibious warship has been readied along with two LSTs or tank landing ships.
The government has asked these ships to be prepared to move within a few days. As they are large ships, particularly the INS Jalashwa, a huge number of people can be evacuated, if the option to send ships as opposed to Air India jumbos is taken.
The Jalashwa, apart from its crew, can carry 1,000 troops and after social distancing, it translates to about 850 people. The two LSTs are smaller and can carry several hundred people apart from the crew.