Sea-Vigil Navy Exercise
Indian Navy undertook 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 to check the efficacy of maritime security and surveillance- Sea Vigil.
Why Sea Vigil exercise is an Unprecedented One?
The two-day exercise, Sea Vigil has a deployment of 150 ships, 40 aircraft and a number of other strategic assets of the Navy and Coast Guard. Navy had undertaken biannual coastal security exercises at the level of states previously but it is for the first time an exercise involving all coastal states, island territories and all central and state agencies has been undertaken. This large geographical extent, a number of stakeholders involved, number of units participating and the objectives to be met make the exercise an unprecedented one.
Objectives of the Sea Vigil exercise
The objectives of the Sea Vigil exercise:
- 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 26/11 Mumbai attacks brought out serious gaps in India. Post 26/11, Navy has taken many steps in filling these critical security gaps.
The Sea Vigil exercise was facilitated by the ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Shipping, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries, Customs and state governments.