coastal security exercise conducted by the Indian Navy, along with Indian Coast
Guard and all stakeholders involved in coastal security off the Kerala coast,
concluded on October 9th. More than 20 ships of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard
as well as 50 patrol craft manned by various security agencies participated in
Exercise, named ‘Sagar Kavach’ had
‘terrorists’ and ‘coastal security’ simulating teams
exercise, named ‘Sagar Kavach’ had the participants divided into teams, with
the Red Force simulating as terrorists attempting to infiltrate into the
coastal areas aiming to attack vital installations and the Blue Force carrying
out coastal security surveillance to intercept and neutralise the infiltrators.
air patrol and surveillance were undertaken by deploying aircraft, helicopters
and remotely piloted aircraft of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard to detect
A high-level of coastal surveillance
maintained all along the Kerala coast during the period
. A wide
range of security contingencies, including simulated attacks on vital
installations, hijacking of merchant ships, and cross landings were taken up.
The defensive layers set up at sea thwarted attempts by the opposing force
engaged in infiltration.
police, coastal district administration, Cochin Port, fisheries department,
Customs, Marine Enforcement Wing, Central Industrial Security force (CISF),
Intelligence Bureau (IB), Light House department and members of fishermen
community participated in the exercise..
exercise was aimed at assessing the preparedness of all agencies towards
dealing with an asymmetric threat emanating from the sea.Southern Naval Command
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla reviewed the
exercise. The exercise was closely monitored from Joint Operations Centre,
Kochi. Response of agencies to various situations was also assessed.