Entering Porbandar harbour the Indian Naval Ship Sunayana arrived after successfully evacuating 38 Indian Nationals at/ off Socotra Islands during a swift Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operation (HADR), codenamed Operation NISTAR.
The Cyclonic storm, Mekunu devastated the area around Socotra Island. Indian Nationals were stranded in the region for nearly ten days after the storm hit. The INS Sunayna was diverted from the Gulf of Aden deployment to Socotra Island for search and rescue operations. This occurred after the Indian Navy responded to a distress call from Directorate General of Shipping and Indian Sailing Vessels Association. All 38 Indian Nationals were successfully rescued and evacuated from the area on June 3. The evacuees were safely embarked onboard the ship and were provided with prompt medical care, food, water, and telephone facilities. The ship also undertook intensive surface search and aerial reconnaissance of the area to find more survivors.