The third edition of Coastal Defence Exercise 'Sea Vigil-22' began on 15 November

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The third edition of the two-day 'Sea Vigil-22' is commencing on the eastern seaboard from November 15 as part of an all-India coastal defence exercise.

Important facts

  • The exercise was conceptualised in the year 2018 among various measures initiated to enhance maritime security since the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

  • The exercise will be conducted along the country's 7,516 km long coastline covering India's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

  • The exercise will involve all coastal states, union territories and other maritime stakeholders including fishing and coastal communities.

  • The exercise is being conducted by the Indian Navy in coordination with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and the ministries tasked with maritime activities.

  • This exercise is a build-up towards the major Theatre Level Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX), which is conducted by the Indian Navy every two years.

  • 'Sea Vigil' and 'TROPEX' together will cover the entire spectrum of maritime security challenges.

  • Assets from the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Customs and other maritime agencies will participate in the 'Sea Vigil' exercise.

  • Apart from the Defense Ministry, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Customs and other Central/State agencies are also assisting in the conduct of this exercise.

  • The exercise will provide a realistic assessment of India's strengths and weaknesses, which will help further strengthen maritime and national security.

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