Seaward Security enhanced during exercise “Sagar Kavach”

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Port Blair, Apr 04: Massive security arrangements could be seen throughout A&N Islands during the ongoing Coastal Security Exercise Sagar Kavach from 03-04 Apr 18. More than 20 ships and 40 boats of Coast Guard, Navy, Police Marine Force, Forest Department and DSS cordoned entire spread of A&N Islands for preventing any intrusion through sea route. Security of various vital installations and public places was also enhanced by the police and all check posts of police and forest department were on alert.
The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Chief Secretary of A&N Islands, who is also the Chairman of UT Coastal Security Committee. The Coast Guard, being coordinating agency for Coastal Security in Territorial Waters coordinated the exercise on behalf of A&N Administration and Andaman & Nicobar Command. Exercise Sagar Kavach is conducted twice every year with an objective to evaluate the seaward threat to A&N Islands and validate existing standard operating procedures.
A total of seventeen stake holders participated in the exercise including Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force, A&N Police, PMF, Forest, Fisheries, Customs, PMB, CISF, DSS and various intelligence agencies. Fishing community and coastal population were also part of the exercise. During preparation phase of the exercise, various community awareness programs were conducted to sensitise the fishing / coastal community on security aspects. Heightened security measures were initiated at all the public places and vital areas. Various check posts and roving patrols were activated in all the Islands. Fishing community and coastal population were requested to inform Coast Guard and Police on any suspicious activities or eventualities and act as eyes and ears for security agencies.
During the exercise, real-time situations were generated for all the participants for assessing their preparedness level and preparing them for contingencies. High level of security patrols were maintained at sea. Overall, the exercise was a resounding success having good synergy and high co-ordination amongst all stake holders. Such initiatives in future will also help in maintaining co-operation and co-ordination among all civil and military agencies in A&N Islands.

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