Indian Coast Guard conducts Exercise SAREX - 22 in Chennai

Tags: Defence

The Indian Coast Guard recently conducted its biennial National Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise -SAREX 22 off the Chennai coast.


  • The 10th edition of the SAREX  was inaugurated by Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, Government of India.
  • The objective of this exercise is to avoid accidents at sea and save lives by conducting rescue operations.

  • The two-day exercise, organized under the aegis of the National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB), is hosted by the Indian Coast Guard.

  • During this, 24 observers from 16 countries participated in the exercise organised under the theme 'Capacity Building Towards Maritime Security'.

  • This was the 10th edition of the exercise conducted by the Coast Guard.

  • During this exercise, new technology like remote controlled lifebuoy was demonstrated over the Bay of Bengal.

About Indian Coast Guard :

  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was officially established on 1 February 1977 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India.

  • It comes under the Union Ministry of Defence.

  • Its main role is to prevent maritime smuggling, ensure the safety of the islands and provide security and support to Indian fishermen and seafarers at sea.

  • Motto: "Vayam Raksham - We Protect"

  • Headquarters: Ministry of Defence, New Delhi

  • Director General: Virendra Singh Pathania

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