Highlights:

  • Sea Vigil-21′ will work with all maritime stakeholders headed by the Navy.
  • It will exercise upon the 7,516 km stretch coastline along with the island territories and the two million sq km Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • It is speculated that by the end of January or early February the western and eastern fleet will be seen in high voltage sea manoeuvers.
  • The vigil exercise that will continue for two days is built looking up to the important combat issue of TROPEX.

On Tuesday, the Indian Navy will kick start its largest coastal defense exercise known as the ‘Sea Vigil-21’.  The maritime stakeholders headed by the Navy will be involved in the exercise. The action will be taken along the 7,516 km stretch coastline along with the island territories and the 2 million sq km Exclusive Economic Zone.

The exercise of the Sea Vigil-21 will continue for two days, and it is built towards TROPEX the important combat exercise.  It is speculated that by the end of January or early February, the Western and the Eastern fleets of the country will be seen in high voltage sea maneuvers. On that note, Navy Spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal informed, ” Sea Vigil-21 and TROPEX  together will cover the entire spectrum of maritime security challenges including the transition from peace to conflict.” Following January 2019, the Sea Vigil Coastal Exercise which was held on the set of the 26/11 terror attacks, is the second time of its operation.

The exercise will be coordinated by the Navy and it will involve 13 coastal states and UTs and the other maritime stakeholders like fishing and coastal communities.  Along with the State Governments, the ministries of defence, home affairs, shipping, fisheries, petroleum will all be involved. The exercise will witness the participation of ships, warships, patrol vessels, aircraft, and helicopters belonging to a various array of maritime agencies like Navy, Coast Guard, Customs.

Commander Madhwal further informed that a national level security exercise will aim at a larger purpose along with the daily routine small scale exercises in the coastal states individually and combined. Commander discussed the benefits of the exercise and noted that it will allow the apex level to learn about the preparation of maritime security and coastal defense. Sea Vigil is expected to strengthen maritime and national security as it has the potential to assess the strength and weaknesses.

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