Indian Navy and several other agencies involved in coastal defence and maritime security brainstormed over the outcome of the ‘Sea Vigil’ exercise.
Sea Vigil Exercise
Sea Vigil was a first of its kind multi-agency drill, covering the entire 7,516 km-long Indian coastline and exclusive economic zone and involving 13 coastal states and Union Territories. The objectives of the Sea-Vigil Exercise were:
- Simultaneously activate the coastal security mechanism across all states and Union Territories.
- Evaluate critical areas and processes, including inter-agency coordination, information sharing and technical surveillance.
- Comprehensively and holistically validate the efficacy of the measures taken since ’26/11′ Mumbai attacks.
The large geographical extent, a number of stakeholders involved, number of units participating and the objectives to be met make the exercise an unprecedented one.
The debriefing from the Sea Vigil exercise was attended by the officials of the Navy, Indian Coast Guard, central ministries, state governments, union territory administration and intelligence agencies. The feedback from the exercise and deliberations would be presented in the next meeting of the National Committee for Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security (NCSMCS).