Indian Coast Guard commenced on 15 November, a Search And Rescue (SAREX-07) exercise in the Bay of Bengal off Port Blair. The exercise will be conducted for two days by Indian Coast Guard with its motto “We Protect”.
- The participants in the exercise will be Andaman and Nicobar UT Administration, PMB, DSS, Police, SCI, TCI, DGCA, AAI and Customs besides Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
- The exercise is aimed to prepare contingency plans for quick response to effectively meet the challenges caused by natural and manmade disasters like tsunami and oil spill. Increasing sea traffic in the sea lanes through Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean has posed a challenge to disaster management agencies.
- The exercise will chalk out contingency plans to mobilise necessary resources for search and rescue operations.
- The exercise will fine tune coordinated activities required by national and local authorities and other emergency services who deal with major maritime search and rescue operations as per International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines. Mock drills for mass rescue and evacuation of ship will be a prime event of this exercise.
- The Indian Coast Guard, as a coordinating agency for search and rescue missions in the Indian Maritime Zone, has three Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres at Mumbai, Chennai and Port Blair besides 10 sub-centres.
- The Director General, Indian Coast Guard Vice Admiral, R F Contractor is expected to inspect the Search and Rescue Exercise.
OldSailor remembers the old saying “Practice makes a man Perfect”.
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