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Third edition of coastal defence exercise ‘Sea Vigil-22’ to begin on Tuesday

New Delhi: The Indian and Coast Guard will conduct the third edition of the ‘Pan-India’ Coastal Defence Exercise ‘Sea Vigil-22’ on Tuesday and Wednesday (November 15-16).

This exercise was conceptualised in 2018 to validate various measures that have been instituted towards enhancing the maritime security since the 26/11 Mumbai attack, said a release issued Ministry of Defence.

“The exercise will be undertaken along the entire 7516 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and will involve all the Coastal States and Union territories along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.”

The exercise is being conducted by the Indian Navy in coordination with the Coast Guard and other ministries entrusted with the task of maritime activities.

The exercise is a build up towards the major Theatre Level Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX), which the Indian Navy conducts every two years.

Sea Vigil and TROPEX together will cover the entire spectrum Maritime Security challenges. Assets of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and other maritime agencies will participate in Ex Sea Vigil.

The exercise provides an opportunity, at the apex level, to assess the preparedness in the domain of Maritime Security and Coastal Defence.

Exercise Sea Vigil-22 will provide realistic assessment of strengths and weaknesses and thus will help in further strengthening Maritime and National Security.

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