Sagar Kavach 2: Joint Security Drill Bolsters Coastal Defense off Paradip Coast
In Paradip, a two-day joint security drill known as ‘Sagar Kavach 2’ commenced off the coast of Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district. This extensive operation involved the collaboration of 18 security agencies and various related departments from both the State and Central governments. The exercise took place along the Paradip coast as well as within the port town itself.
Participants in the drill were divided into red and blue teams. The red team’s mission was to simulate infiltration scenarios, while the blue team worked diligently to counter these attempts and neutralize potential infiltration threats.
Multiple locations were selected for the exercise, including the fishing jetty, the mouth of the River Mahanadi, nearby slums, the port gate, administrative building, radar station, lighthouse, film hall, bus stand, and factory gates.
A diverse range of agencies came together for this operation, including the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police, Forest Department, Fisheries Department, Odisha Police, Central Industrial Security Force, and Intelligence Department.
This biannual two-day exercise covers the 482-kilometer-long coastline of Odisha and West Bengal. It has been conducted every six months since the tragic Mumbai terrorist attack on 26/11, prompting significant enhancements in coastal security measures. This ongoing effort is crucial for preventing potential sea route infiltrations, especially in response to threats from Pakistan-based terrorists.