The First coastal defence Exercise Sea Vigil, conducted by the Navy and Coast Guard, in close coordination with all State Governments and Union Territories concluded last night. It was the largest such exercise the country had ever witnessed in recent times and saw participation by more than a hundred ships, aircraft and patrol boats manned and operated by various security agencies.
The Exercise had started on 22nd January and included two distinct stages. In the first phase, all stakeholders assessed the robustness of their own businesses. The safety agencies could thwart attempts by the opposing power to infiltrate on the coast using commandeered fishing boats. Response of agencies to additional safety contingencies like hijacking of a ship and assault on offshore installations off Kochi Harbour was also evaluated. All of infiltration attempts will be assessed promptly to spot gaps in the multi-tier security layers in sea, near the land and in the hinterland in close coordination with concerned stakeholders.
Sea Vigil that lasted for over two days, including the mobilisation stage, witnessed a higher tempo of operations with agencies and large-scale deployment of forces. All operational centres of the Navy and Coast Guard and control chambers of Authorities and Kochi Port were fully activated and exchanged information with one another. During the exercise, multi-agency teams also evaluated the security setup implemented by agencies including at fishing harbours, fish landing centers, police control rooms and vents amongst others.
Sea Vigil ran by Indian Navy and assisted by all stakeholders will facilitate in establishing shortfalls, working out new ways to optimise resources, recommend solutions to higher government and refine Standard Operating Procedures. With active support from all stakeholders, such exercises further strengthen the overall security architecture and improve assurance to thwart any misadventure from anti-national elements.
Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, Commander-in-Chief, Coastal Defence periodically reviewed the progress of Ex Sea Vigil in the presence of senior officers from Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Police and other agencies at the Joint Operations Centre, Kochi.
(With Inputs from PIB)