The Indian Navy (IN) and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) concluded on 23 January their first ‘Sea Vigil’ exercise, which was aimed at ‘validating’ the coastal security measures that were instituted after the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.
Both forces deployed 139 ships and 35 aerial assets, including Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles, for the 36-hour-long exercise, which was undertaken along India’s entire 7,516.6 km-long coastline, island territories, and Exclusive Economic Zone.
Supplementing these platforms were scores of patrol boats fielded by various marine police forces from India’s coastal states.
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