KOCHI: The Indian Navy and Coast Guard in association with the state government, Union Territories and various government agencies organised ‘Theera Vetta’ a three-day comprehensive coastal security exercise along the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands and Mahe from November 17 to 19. The exercise was conducted earlier this year from April 29 to 29. Aimed to achieve fruitful results and check the effectiveness of security arrangements for a long duration, the exercise was extended from 36 hours to 48 hours, compared to the previous edition.
Infiltration and landing through coast was attempted and the efficacy of the patrols by various maritime agencies was tested during exercise. Various contingencies were also planned during the exercise. The fishermen community acted as as the ‘eyes and ears’ during the course of the exercise.
It also aimed to evaluate interoperability and coordination between integrated maritime security agencies in intelligence gathering, surveillance and provide anti-terrorism defence and counter insurgency.
Five boats each of Coastal Police and Marine Enforcement Wing, twelve ships, three aircraft each from the Navy and the Coast Guard took part.
State and Union Territory administration, Police and IRBN, Fisheries Department, Intelligence Bureau, Customs, Cochin Port Trust, Director General Light House and Light Ships, Department of Ports, Shipping and Aviation on Lakshadweep Islands and fishermen joined security agencies in the exercise.
It was coordinated by the Coast Guard and monitored by the Joint Operation Centre (JOC), Kochi.