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‘Sea Vigil’ exercise in Vizag ends

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The third edition of Coastal Defence Exercise Sea Vigil was conducted across the East Coast of India from 15-16 Nov 22 for a duration of over 36 hours. This exercise is conducted once in two years and aims to assess the preparedness of coastal defence and landward security construct against various types of threats emerging from the sea across the Area of Responsibility of Commander-in-Chief, Coastal Defence East which extends from West Bengal to Tamil Nadu.

The exercise was conducted and coordinated by the Indian Navy with proactive participation and support of multiple Central and State agencies such as the State Marine Police, Fisheries, Dept of Shipping, Ports and Waterways, CISF, BSF, DGLL, Customs, Intelligence Bureau, NCC, Coast Guard, etc.

The Exercise witnessed the participation of over 85 ships and aircraft of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and other agencies. NSG, Octopus (APD) and Special Operations Group (Odisha) also participated in the Exercise.

This was the first exercise after the creation of the office of the State Maritime Security Coordinator in every state. As part of the exercise, various incursions by Red Force personnel were carried out across the four states and the union territory of Puducherry.

The Exercise accomplished its stated objectives and promulgated Key Result Areas. Lessons learnt from the exercise will be incorporated to improve the robustness of the coastal and landward security mechanism.

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