Navy set for comprehensive coastal security exercise Sagar Kavach

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'Sagar Kavach', a comprehensive coastal security exercise will be held in Goa on April 20 and 21 to test the preparedness of various agencies and stakeholders along the state's coastline.

"This exercise involving all the concerned agencies is being conducted under the aegis of government of Goa since 2009," a government press release said.

The following naval assets can be expected to be seen the upcoming exercise:

Naval Command cadets demonstrate their search and rescue operation skills in mid sea

Naval Command cadets demonstrate their search and rescue operation skills in mid sea

Last year, the exercise was conducted in November. The objective of this exercise is to provide seamless seaward cover along the Goa coast jointly by all security agencies from coastal belt area line to the limit of territorial water that is 12 nautical miles.

Guarding Indian coast

Guarding Indian coast

The exercise will also assess the effectiveness of coastal fishing community in serving as 'eye and ears' for early warning of sea-ward threat. This time the service of Drishti lifeguards, present on beaches of Goa, will also be utilised for the purpose.

The coastal security exercise is being supervised by the chief secretary and is conducted and coordinated by Indian Coast Guard, district headquarters at Goa.

Anti-Submarine warfare Corvette

Anti-Submarine warfare Corvette

File photo of Naval officers board on Anti-Submarine warfare Corvette named 'Kadmatt' built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited for a survey before formally handed it over to the Indian Navy.

Aircraft carriers

Aircraft carriers

File photo of Aircraft carriers of Indian Navy -- INS Vikramaditya and INS Virat anchored off the Visakhapatnam coast.

File photo on INS Viraat

File photo on INS Viraat

Several agencies like Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Goa Police besides Goa Coastal Security Intelligence Agencies, Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), Ports Administration Department, CISF and Customs will be taking part in the exercise.

(All photo credits: PTI)

"In the exercise, intelligence and infiltration will be induced and the alertness and preparedness of all the stakeholders including people of Goa will be tested. This exercise provides all stakeholders and opportunity to fine tune standard operating procedure and test new operation concepts for coastal security," a government statement said.

(OneIndia News with PTI inputs)

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