National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 24 November 2017
Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) Coastal Defence reviewed the progress of the exercise on 22nd November at the Joint Operations Centre, Kochi which was attended by representatives of participating agencies.
More than 75 ships, Fast Interceptor Craft (FICs), patrol boats of the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy, Coastal Police, Customs, Fisheries and other coastal security agencies participated in the exercise and undertook round-the-clock patrolling at sea. All Radar Stations under Remote Operating Station (ROS), Kochi were extensively used for monitoring the movements of vessels operating in area during the exercise. Extensive aerial surveillance of the adjoining seas was also mounted by naval and Coast Guard aircraft to detect vessels being used by the opposing force for carrying out ‘attacks’.
A total no. of 14 Coastal Security Exercises have been conducted by ICG along the coast of Kerala and Lakshadweep Islands since 2009 which were necessitated due to increased focus on coastal security, after the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The exercise was conducted by DIG Neeraj Tiwari, the Commander, Coast Guard District no 4 (COMDIS- 4), based at Fort Kochi.
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