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.
- 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.