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Forces hold joint exercise off Andhra coast

A three-day joint coastal security exercise conducted by the Coast Guard along with the Indian Navy and Marine Police began off the Andhra coast in Visakhapatnam today, officials said.



Hyderabad: A three-day joint coastal
security exercise conducted by the Coast Guard along with the
Indian Navy and Marine Police began off the Andhra coast in
Visakhapatnam today, officials said.

Officers from the Coast Guard, Eastern Naval Command,
Andhra Pradesh Marine Police, Customs department, State Police
ports and private ports are taking part in the exercise, they
said.

"During the three-day joint exercise various mock drills
and situations would be created to test the effectiveness of
the security forces against enemies spread over the sea,"
Coast Guard Deputy Inspector General M D Talha said.

"The exercise would enable the agencies in learning about
the flaws during the operation if any and on how to overcome
them," the senior official said.

DIG (Marine Police) Chandra Mouli said the exercise was
basically to test security along the Andhra coast and
preparedness of security forces to thwart attempts of enemies
coming from sea routes.

"The exercise would test the efficacy of all the agencies
involved in ensuring coastal security and the level of
coordination among them," he said, adding interceptor and
patrolling boats besides helicopters and navy ships will be
used by the forces, he said.

The exercise will also help in testing the effectiveness
of communication, patrolling and combat skills of the Central
and state marine forces, the official said.

PTI

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