'Sea Vigil-22': Indian Navy's largest coastal defence exercise begins in Vizag

This National Level Coastal Defence Exercise was conceptualized in 2018 to validate various measures that have been instituted towards enhancing maritime security since ‘26/11’.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  15 Nov 2022 3:11 AM GMT
Sea Vigil-22: Indian Navys largest coastal defence exercise begins in Vizag

Visakhapatnam: The third edition of the 'Pan-India' Coastal Defence Exercise 'Sea Vigil-22' will be conducted on November 15 and 16.

This National Level Coastal Defence Exercise was conceptualized in 2018 to validate various measures that have been instituted towards enhancing maritime security since '26/11'. Coastal Security being a major sub-set of Coastal Defence construct, the concept of 'Sea Vigil' is to activate the Coastal Security apparatus across India and assess the overarching Coastal Defence mechanism.



The exercise will be undertaken along the entire 7,516 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and will involve all the Coastal States and Union territories along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities. The exercise is being conducted by the Indian Navy in coordination with the Coast Guard and other ministries entrusted with the task of maritime activities.

The scale and conceptual expanse of the exercise are unprecedented in terms of the geographical extent, the number of stakeholders involved, the number of units participating, and in terms of the objectives to be met.



The exercise is a build-up towards the major Theatre Level Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX), which the Indian Navy conducts every two years. Sea Vigil and TROPEX together will cover the entire spectrum of Maritime Security challenges. Assets of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs, and other maritime agencies will participate in Ex Sea Vigil. In addition to the Ministry of Defence, this exercise is also being facilitated by the Ministries of Home Affairs, Ports Shipping and Waterways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Customs, and other agencies of Centre/ State.



While smaller-scale exercises are conducted in the Coastal States regularly, Sea Vigil at the national level is aimed to serve a larger purpose. It provides an opportunity, at the apex level, to assess our preparedness in the domain of Maritime Security and Coastal Defence. Exercise Sea Vigil-22 will provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses and thus will help in further strengthening Maritime and National Security.

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