A two-day coastal security exercise conducted by Coast Guard (CG) simultaneously in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh concluded on Friday, according to a press release from CG commandant J.S.Rahdhaawaa.

The mission of the exercise was to test operational capability of the security forces guarding the vast coastline of the two states. The sea mock exercises conducted related to crisis management and handling of Hijacking and Hostage situation.

Coast Guard and Navy deployed 11 ships and 2 aircrafts along Andhra coast. Boats of marine police, customs and Ports were extensively deployed for Harbour and Coast surveillance and coastal security operations. Joint Operations Centre at Visakhapatnam and Remote Operations Centre at Coast Guard headquarters were effectively used for flow and analysis of information received from various agencies.

A mock hijack operation of merchant ship off Kakinada was launched and a crisis management group was constituted. However negotiations proved futile and the marine commandos team was airlifted from Visakhapatnam to Kakinada and taken to the stricken vessel by Coast Guard Boat C-151 and they finally neutralised the hijackers.

In the entire exercise 117 fishing boats and 11 merchant vessels were pressed into service and 70 intruders along with 6 boats were apprehended.