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On December 4, 2018, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba announced conduction of a 2-month long Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (Tropex) in January 2019. It would end in March 2019.

Objective:

To check on the costal defence system

Key Points:

This would test the combat capability of the Indian Navy, Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard, and would strengthen interoperability and joint operations in complex conflict situation.

Under this, it would also conduct a large-scale coastal defence exercise ‘Exercise Sea Vigil’ to test the robustness of the entire coastal security apparatus.

About Sea vigil exercise:

  • It is a yearly exercise that takes place on the Western Seaboard with participation of over 45 ships from both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands of the Indian Navy.
  • This would involve all stake holders across mainland and Island territories including participation of ships, submarines and aircrafts.
  • The following are the few examples of the participants in the sea vigil exercise:
  • INS Vikramaditya, submarines including the nuclear powered Chakra, naval aircraft MiG-29K, helicopters as well as ships from the Coast Guard. Since its a tri-service exercise troops from the Army and fighter aircraft from the Indian Air Force including the SU-30 MKI, Jaguars and the AWACs.

Background:

Earlier, joint coastal security exercises such as ‘Sagar Kavach’ and ‘Avardhan’ have significantly augmented the collective surveillance efforts along the coastal areas.

Indian Navy:

♦ Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

♦ Vice-Chief of Naval Staff: Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar.

♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.

♦ Navy Day (National): December 4.

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