Billed as India’s largest coastal defense exercise, the second edition of exercise ‘Sea Vigil’ is being held to verify the effectiveness of measures taken to address coastal security gaps as a result of the terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008

The Indian Navy will launch a two-day multi-agency military exercise covering 7,516 km of India’s coastline on Tuesday, involving 13 coastal states and Union territories, to further strengthen maritime security and surveillance, officials said.

Billed as India’s largest coastal defense exercise, the second edition of exercise “Sea Vigil” is held to verify the effectiveness of measures taken to address coastal security gaps in the aftermath of the attack. terrorist from Mumbai in 2008, they said.

“The magnitude and conceptual scope of the exercise is unprecedented in terms of geographic scope, number of stakeholders involved, number of units participating and in terms of goals to be achieved,” the Navy said. Indian.

“The exercise will provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses and thus help further strengthen maritime and national security,” he added.

Officials said the Indian Navy will deploy a significant number of its ships and other key assets as part of Exercise Sea Vigil.

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have taken a series of measures to strengthen India’s coastal security following the Mumbai terrorist attack in which more than 166 people, including 28 foreigners from 10 countries, were killed by a group of Pakistani terrorists.

On November 26, 2008, a group of 10 Pakistani terrorists carried out a coordinated attack on a train station, two luxury hotels and a Jewish center, after sneaking into the financial capital of India via the sea route of the Arabian Sea.

The inaugural edition of Exercise Sea Vigil took place in January 2019.

The exercise comes at a time when India and China are stranded in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh.

In line with national security doctrine, the Indian Navy has significantly increased its deployment of warships, submarines and other assets in the Indian Ocean region, with the aim of sending a message to the China indicating that Indian armed forces are fully prepared to meet any challenge. .

TROPEX

The two-day exercise is a preparation for the theater-level operational readiness exercise (TROPEX) that the Indian Navy conducts every two years, officials said.

“Sea Vigil and TROPEX will together cover the full spectrum of maritime security challenges, including the transition from peace to conflict. Assets from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and other maritime agencies will participate in Sea Vigil, “the navy said in a statement. .

He said the conduct of the exercise was also facilitated by the ministries of defense, home affairs, shipping, oil and natural gas, fisheries, customs and state governments, among others.

“While smaller-scale exercises are regularly conducted in coastal states, including combined exercises between neighboring states, the conduct of a national-level security exercise is intended to serve a larger purpose,” the said. Marine. It offers the opportunity, at the higher level, to assess the state of readiness in the field of maritime security and coastal defense, he added.

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