The second edition of the biennial pan-India coastal defence exercise ‘Sea Vigil-21’ was conducted from 12-13 January. Thirty cadets of four Gujarat Naval Unit Porbandar of Jamnagar Group participated in Ex ‘Sea Vigil 21’ with Marine Police Porbandar, under Headquarter Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area.
The cadets were given a briefing by Marine Police on the salient aspects of the exercise and role of the Marine Police in the exercise. After a detailed safety briefing and familiarisation with Standard Operating Procedures, the cadets then undertook patrolling on interceptor craft along the Porbandar harbour keeping a lookout for suspicious contacts and activities. The cadets enthusiastically participated in the Exercise.
The NCC Directorate has also liaised with the Marine Police to conduct training of cadets on security and patrolling of coastal areas.
The exercise, inaugural edition of which was conducted in January 2019 was undertaken along the entire 7516 km coastline involving all the 13 coastal States and UTs along with other maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities. The exercise is being coordinated by the Indian Navy.