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Sagar Kavach: Coastal security exercise held in Kerala

Two-day coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ to strengthen and assess the loopholes in the coastal security mechanism was held along Kerala coast. The exercise saw participation of Indian Coast Guard (ICG), Indian Navy, Coastal Police and Marine Enforcement wing and various other security stakeholders. It saw participation of three ships of India Navy, 10 of ICG, four fishing boats, besides 20 coastal police stations from Vizhinjam to Kasaragod.

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The objective of the exercise was to provide seamless seaward cover along coast by all concerned security agencies from coastal belt area to limit of territorial waters i.e. 12 nautical miles. The exercise assessed effectiveness of coastal fishing community in serving as ‘eye and ears’ for early warnings of a seaward threat.

It tested intelligence and infiltration alertness and preparedness of stakeholders, including people. It provided all concerned stakeholders an opportunity to fine tune standard operating procedures and test new operation concepts for coastal security.

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Sahyog-Hyeoblyeog 2018: India, South Korea joint anti-piracy, search and rescue exercise

India, South Korea joint anti-piracy, search and rescue exercise ‘Sahyog-Hyeoblyeog 2018’ was conducted in Bay of Bengal off the Chennai coast in Tamil Nadu. The exercise was conducted between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Korean Coast Guard (KCG) as part of proposed establishment of MoU between them to improve maritime security in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Sahyog-Hyeoblyeog 2018

The exercise aimed at developing working level co-operation and aenhanced inter-operability between coast guards of both countries in fields of maritime search and rescue. The exercise witnessed varied scenarios such as prohibition of a pirate vessel, cross boarding, fire fighting, hijacking of merchant vessel and its subsequent rescue and search and rescue (SAR) demonstration.

For the exercise, ICG had deployed Dornier aircraft along with ICG Shaurya, Rani Abbakka, C-423, C-431. KCG had deployed its lone ship BADARO. As part of the exercise, ships of ICG and KCG undertook strategic exercises and drills to counter piracy and carry out maritime law enforcement tasks. Dornier aircraft deployed by IGC undertook out sea-air coordinated search along with five ships. KCS ship took part in this search and rescue exercise.

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