This two-day massive exercise was conducted on 11 and 12 October, 2023.
It was headed by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, FO C-in-C (East), Eastern Naval Command, who also holds the authority of the Commander-in-Chief, Coastal Defense (East).
Military forces involved in Sagar Kavach 02/23:
Around 2500 personnel from Indian Navy, Coast Guard, State and Union Territory Administrations, Maritime Police, Fisheries, Customs, Intelligence agencies, Light Houses, Port Forests etc. participated in the exercise.
Objective of Sagar Kavach 02/23:
The objective of the exercise was to assess the effectiveness and robustness of the coastal security mechanism while dealing with maritime threats.
Indian Navy ships along with the Coast Guard and other coastal security agencies were deployed to enhance surveillance in the area.
Extensive aerial survey was conducted by Dornier aircraft and helicopters operating from Visakhapatnam, Chennai and Ramanathapuram.
The exercise was closely monitored at the Joint Operations Center (East) at Visakhapatnam. It is the nodal center for all coastal security operations and exercises in the area of operations.
The exercise witnessed close coordination and synergy among all coastal security stakeholders. The results obtained from the exercise will be used to strengthen coastal security.
Established: Established in 1612 by the East India Company.
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chief: Admiral R Hari Kumar is the 25th Chief of the Indian Navy.
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Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Union Territory Puducherry.
All maritime security agencies participated (Indian Navy, Coast Guard, State and Union Territory Administrations, Marine Police, Fisheries, Customs, Intelligence Agencies, Light Houses, Port Forests)
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