More than 17 government agencies participate in Sea Vigil coastal defense exercise

New Delhi: More than 17 government agencies from nine coastal states and four union territories participated in the third edition of the all-India coastal security exercise Sea Vigil which concluded on Wednesday.

The two-day exercise was led by the Navy in coordination with Coast Guards, state governments, union territories and other maritime stakeholders, the Department of Defense said in a statement.

“This edition of the Sea Vigil exercise saw the greatest participation from all maritime security agencies. Over 500 surface assets from Indian Navy (IN), Coast Guard (CG), States Maritime/Coastal Police, Customs, Forestry Department, Port Authority and private operators participated in the l ‘exercise. The entire coastline was patrolled by IN and CG ships and aircraft. Helicopters have also been put into service to reinforce special operations personnel operating on board offshore platforms,” the ministry said.

The conceptual and geographic scope of Sea Vigil included contingencies ranging from peace to war across the entire coastline and EEZ of the country. In addition, mitigation measures, on land, in case of violation of the coastal security mechanism have also been validated, he said.

As ports are the nerve center of maritime trade, the port security mechanism was also validated during the exercise and the crisis management plans of all ports were assessed for their effectiveness in dealing with emergencies. State Police Teams, Indian Navy Commandos and National Security Guard Commandos have been trained to counter acts of maritime terrorism.

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