Sea Vigil: Maritime terrorism in focus, 9 states, 4 UTs, 17 agencies participated in 2-day exercise

The State Police teams, Indian Navy Marine Commandos, and Commandos from National Security Guard were exercised to tackle acts of maritime terrorism.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  18 Nov 2022 2:42 AM GMT
Sea Vigil: Maritime terrorism in focus, 9 states, 4 UTs, 17 agencies participated in 2-day exercise

Visakhapatnam, November 17: Sea Vigil-22, the two-day Coastal Defence exercise was conducted on November 15 and 16. The conceptual and geographical expanse of Sea Vigil included contingencies ranging from Peace to Wartime across the entire coastline and EEZ of the country. In addition, mitigation measures, on shore, in case of any breach in the Coastal Security mechanism were also validated.

The exercise involved the participation of more than 17 government agencies from nine Coastal States and four Union Territories that are involved in the Coastal Defence Mechanism and Coastal Security construct. This edition of exercise Sea Vigil saw the largest participation from all maritime security agencies. More than 500 surface assets from the Indian Navy (IN), Coast Guard (CG), States Marine/ Coastal Police, Customs, Forest Department, Port Authorities, and private operators participated in the exercise. The entire coastline was kept under surveillance by the IN and CG ships and aircraft. Helicopters were also pressed into service to reinforce Special Operations personnel operating onboard offshore platforms.

As ports form the nerve center of sea-borne trade, the security mechanism of ports was also validated during the exercise and the crisis management plans of all ports were assessed for their effectiveness to tackle emergencies. The State Police teams, Indian Navy Marine Commandos, and Commandos from National Security Guard were exercised to tackle acts of maritime terrorism.

In keeping with the Prime Minister's vision of giving impetus to NCC, enthusiastic participation by more than 800 NCC cadets was witnessed all across the Coastal states and UTs. Participation of NCC cadets in an actual nationwide exercise resulted in enhanced awareness and involvement amongst the cadets.

The exercise also validated the technical surveillance infrastructure called the National Command, Control, Communication, and Intelligence (NC3I) Network. The Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) at Gurugram and its various nodes across IN and CG stations were exercised for coordinating the surveillance and information dissemination mechanism.

The envisaged objectives of the exercise were met with the whole-hearted participation of all stakeholders. The cooperation and coordination among various agencies involved is a reassuring sign of the progress made in the realm of Coastal Defence and the exercise would go a long way in enhancing Coastal Defence and National Security in the maritime domain.

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