The Indian Navy announced that they will be conducting the second session of the Largest Coastal Defence Exercise - ‘Sea Vigil-21’ on January 12-13. This happens twice a year. The exercise gives a definite assessment of the threat levels along the sea route and also analyse the present security strategies and their effectiveness.
The defence exercise is a biennial affair and is conducted to analyse and study the readiness of the country when it comes to marine security and coastal region defence preparations. The entire sea coast’s defence plan has been reassessed and changed after the 26/11 attack. The terrorists have arrived in the sea route and the changes were necessary to maintain the peace and harmony within the country. The entire plan and defence strategies were changed along the Mumbai sea route.
The ‘Sea-Vigil-21’ will be a pan India affair and will cover the entire 7516 km coastline and the exclusive economic zone of India. The exercise will include all the 17 coastal states and the Union Territories along with the fishing and coastal communities of the marginal regions. Indian Navy informed that the ‘Sea Vigil-21’ along withTROPEX will be covering the entire zone of sea route security issues, including the thin line that can change peace to conflict. Indian Navy, Coastal Guards, Customs agencies and other intermediate marine agencies will actively participate in the Biennial-Pan India event.
The usual small scale checks happen regularly to maintain the security standards in the coastal areas. However, a nation wide security check like this is important to maintain national security and integrity on a whole and a definite must at least twice an year. The Navy believes that ‘Sea Vigil - 21’ will give a realistic estimation of how strong the defence systems are and also narrow out the weaknesses that the defence team should work on.
The exercise is going to be facilitated by the Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries agencies, Customs and respective State Governments and important agencies of the Central and State zones. The main aim is to strengthen and not leave any loopholes in national security and also make strategic changes wherever necessary.