NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday will kick off its largest-ever coastal defence exercise “Sea Vigil”, with all maritime stakeholders led by the Navy swinging into motion alongside the nation’s complete 7,516-km shoreline together with island territories and the 2 million sq km Exclusive Economic Zone.
The two-day Sea Vigil exercise is a construct up in the direction of the most important fight exercise TROPEX (theatre-level readiness operational exercise), which can see the nation’s western and japanese fleets in high-voltage sea manoeuvers in end-January and early-February.
“Sea Vigil and TROPEX together will cover the entire spectrum of maritime security challenges, including transition from peace to conflict,” stated Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal on Monday.
This is the second time after January 2019 that the country-wide Sea Vigil coastal defence exercise is being held, within the backdrop of the lethal 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai in 2008.
“The entire coastal security set up was reorganized after the 26/11 attack at Mumbai, which was launched via the sea route. The scale and conceptual expanse of Sea Vigil this year is 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,” stated Commander Madhwal.
The exercise, coordinated by the Navy, will contain all of the 13 coastal States and Union Territories, together with different maritime stakeholders, together with the fishing and coastal communities.
It will see participation of scores of warships, ships, patrol vessels, plane and helicopters from the Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and different maritime businesses, with the ministries of defence, dwelling affairs, delivery, petroleum and fisheries being all concerned together with state governments.
“While smaller scale exercises are conducted in coastal states regularly, including combined exercises amongst adjoining states, the conduct of a security exercise at national-level is aimed to serve a larger purpose,” stated Commander Madhwal.
“It provides opportunity, at the apex level, to assess our preparedness in the domain of maritime security and coastal defence. Sea Vigil will provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses, and thus will help in further strengthening maritime and national security,” he added.
The 26/11 carnage in Mumbai, particularly, had uncovered the shortage of “important connectivity” between intelligence businesses and safety businesses. Though there have been some intelligence inputs about fishing vessel Kuber attempting to infiltrate via the ocean route at the moment, it had slipped via the cracks to permit Ajmal Kasab and 9 different terrorists to attain Mumbai and unleash mayhem. News Source