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About Sagar Kavach


The coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ is set to unfold its strategic manoeuvres along the Kerala and Mahe coasts.


GS III: Security Challenges

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Sagar Kavach: Strengthening Coastal Defenses through Unified Exercises

Sagar Kavach: Strengthening Coastal Defenses through Unified Exercises

  • Frequency: Conducted semi-annually
  • Coordination: Led by the Indian Coast Guard, involves collaboration with central and state agencies
  • Objective: Showcase a unified approach to fortifying India’s coastal defenses
Participating Agencies:
  • Forces Involved: Indian Navy, Coastal Police/State Police, Intelligence Bureau, Customs, CISF, Department of Port, Department of Fisheries, Directorate General of Lighthouse and Lightships (DGLL), Kadalora Jagiratha Samithi
  • Collaborative Effort: Active involvement from various agencies ensures a comprehensive approach
Exercise Dynamics:
  • Adaptability: Designed to address unique complexities of coastal terrain
  • Scenario Variation: Ensures security mechanisms are robust and adaptive to various threats
Strategic Division: Attack vs. Defence Forces:
  • Teams: Participating units divided into Red (Attack) and Blue (Defence) Forces
  • Red Forces: Simulate infiltration attempts into coastal areas challenging defenses
  • Blue Forces: Counteract simulated threats by establishing Coastal Security Surveillance to intercept and neutralize infiltration attempts
Role of Fishermen:
  • Recognition: Acknowledges the pivotal role of fishermen in coastal security
  • Community Involvement: Urges fishermen to report any unknown vessels near the coast promptly
  • Enhancing Security: Aims to turn the local fishing community into a valuable asset for coastal security
  • Collaborative Approach: Enhances awareness and responsiveness in the coastal region
  • Security Enhancement: Strengthens coastal defenses through a unified and proactive strategy.

-Source: The Hindu

December 2023