A ‘command-level' coastal security exercise for the entire Eastern Coast initiated by Eastern Naval Command, Vishakapattinam, began here on Tuesday.

‘Operation Sanchet' has been initiated as a three-day coastal security exercise to gauge the preparedness, and alertness levels of defence, para-military, police and civil establishments to potential threats via sea or land.

With the Navy as the nodal force in protecting coastal security, the exercise envisages liaison between the district administration, the Marine police, Fisheries, Port, Revenue, and the police administration in keeping vigil along the coast and on land.

It would also validate the existing institutional policies towards coastal security and to tweak them to meet emergencies, said a security source to The Hindu.