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Thread: #India on Tuesday launched its largest ever coastal defence exercise “Sea Vigil” led by the #IndianNavy along the country’s entire 7,517 km coastline including island territories & the 2 million sq km Exclusive Economic Zone 👍💪🇮🇳💪👍 @indiannavy @avarakai @desertfox61I
This massive endeavor comes a decade after the deadly 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai. “The scale of the exercise is unprecedented in terms of the geographical extent, the number of stakeholder involved, the number of units participating and in terms of the objectives to be met.
The Sea Vigil exercise aims to comprehensively & holistically validate the efficacy of the measures taken for coastal defence since 26/11. It'll also be a build-up towards the major 'Tropex' exercise, which the Navy conducts every 2 years timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sea-vigi…
The sheer scale of the 36-hour high voltage exercise, which will also witness some “rogue boats” trying to “penetrate” the multi-layered security grid, can be gauged from the fact that just the Navy and Coast Guard alone have deployed 139 ships and 35 aircraft.
“Sea Vigil, which will also involve a comprehensive operational, technical and administrative audit, will provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weaknesses. It will test the entire coastal security mechanism of the entire country in one go.
The 26/11 carnage in Mumbai in 2008 exposed the lack of “critical connectivity'' between intelligence agencies & security agencies. Though there were some intelligence input about fishing vessel Kuber trying to infiltrate through the sea route, it had slipped through the cracks.
Under Phase-I of the Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN), 36 radar stations with static radars & electro-optic sensors on the mainland as well as six in Lakshadweep & Minicoy & four in Andaman and Nicobar have become operational at a cost of over Rs 600 crore after several delays.
The Phase-II, which will cost over Rs 800 crore, involves setting up 38 more radar stations with static radars and electro-optic sensors, four mobile surveillance stations and integration of VTMS (vessel traffic management systems) sites in the Gulfs of Kutch and Khambat.
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