Two-day coastal defence drill ‘Sea Vigil-21’ kicks off at the moment


Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 11

A major exercise to test military readiness at sea along the coastline of the country starts tomorrow. The two-day exercise involving all stakeholders, states and Central government agencies will set the tempo of operations, including “transition from peace to conflict”.

This is the second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise “Sea Vigil-21”. It will be conducted on January 12 and 13.

13 coastal states, UTs to participate

  • The exercise will be undertaken along the entire 7,516-km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India
  • It will involve all 13 coastal states and Union Territories along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities
  • The exercise is a build-up towards the next step and level exercise called ‘Tropex’

The exercise, inaugural edition of which was conducted in January 2019, will be undertaken along the entire 7,516-km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India. It will involve all 13 coastal states and Union Territories along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.

“The scale and conceptual expanse of the exercise is unprecedented in terms of the geographical extent,” the Indian Navy said on Monday.

“The exercise provides opportunity, at the apex level, to assess preparedness in the domain of maritime security and coastal defence,” it added.

Exercise ‘Sea Vigil-21’ is expected to provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses and thus will help in further strengthening maritime and national security. The exercise is being coordinated by the Indian Navy. The entire coastal security set up was re-organised after the 26/11 terror attack at Mumbai which was launched using the sea route.

Assets of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and other maritime agencies will participate in the exercise.

Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Shipping, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries and Customs, state governments and other agencies of Centre and state are coordinating.

The exercise is a build-up towards the next step and level exercise called “Tropex” (Theatre-level Readiness Operational Exercise), which is expected to be conducted at month-end or early February.



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