KOCHI: The coastal defense exercise Sea Vigil 2021, conducted by the Indian Navy in close coordination with Indian Coast guard, State Governments and Union Territories looked on Wednesday. It was the second edition of the largest coastal defense exercise in the country that was conducted pan India in all coastal states and UTs of India.
The two-day exercise was conducted in close coordination with the Coast Guard and all other maritime stakeholders with the aim of validating the efficacy of the nation’s coastal defense systems against threats arising from the sea. It was one of the largest coastal security exercises carried by the country in recent times, covering the entire spectrum of maritime security.
The exercise was conducted in Kerala and Lakshadweep under the aegis of Commander – in-Chief, Coastal Defense and saw the participation of more than 100 ships, patrol crafts and aircraft of Indian Navy and Coast Guard, as well as patrol boats manned by various security agencies, focused in the exercise , off the coast of Kerala, Mahe and Lakshdweep.
“The exercise Sea Vigil sought to undertake a realistic evaluation of the coastal security architecture of the country, which has seen dynamic changes, since 26/11. The real time picture of activities during the exercise was monitored by various operational and control centers especially at the Joint Operation Centers in various states. Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command, who is also the Commander-in-Chief, Coastal Defense, Kerala reviewed the progress of the exercise at Joint Operations Center (Kochi) in the presence of senior nodal officers from Coast Guard, Coastal Police, Customs, IB and Fisheries, ”said a naval statement.
Navy said that the lessons identified from this exercise would further strengthen the overall coastal defense structure of the country, especially in terms of seamless communication, coordination among security agencies and optimization of resources.
The exercise has also provided an opportunity to refine the standard operating procedures of various agencies involved in coastal security.