Indian Navy Updates

[pib] Exercise ‘Apharan’


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Exercise ‘Apharan’

Mains level : Security of the Indian mercantile coasts

The Indian Navy, in collaboration with Indian Coast Guard conducted a large scale Anti Hijacking Exercise off the Port of Kochi.

Exercise ‘Apharan’

  • The Exercise code named “Apharan” saw participation of multiple agencies, including more than 12 ships and helicopters of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Cochin Port Trust.
  • This was the first time that such a large scale exercise involving all stake holders has been conducted in Kerala.
  • It was aimed at streamlining the response mechanism/ preparedness to thwart any attempt to hijack a merchant vessel or attempt forced entry of a rogue/commandeered merchant vessel into Indian harbour.
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