India – U.S. Maritime Security Exercise ‘Sea Defenders-2024’ culminates at Port Blair

India-U.S. Maritime Security Exercise ‘Sea Defenders-2024’ culminates, in Port Blair on March 09, 2024.

The comprehensive maritime security exercise ‘Sea Defenders-2024’ between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) & United States Coast Guard (USCG) culminated at Port Blair.The exercise was aimed at enhancing maritime cooperation and interoperability between the two forces.

The Exercise included a variety of scenarios including a Pollution Response Demonstration, in which Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft showcased their expertise in responding to oil spills and other environmental hazards at sea. It also simulated Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) Operations for inspecting vessels suspected of illegal activity.

During the exercise, the Indian Coast Guard helicopter and Dornier aircraft conducted Search & Rescue and Pollution Response demonstrations, showcasing ICG’s ability to undertake aerial surveillance and rescue missions. The exercise also included practice to neutralize asymmetric threats, akin to drone attacks on commercial merchant traffic. The exercise also provided a platform for both USCG and ICG personnel to hone their firefighting and damage control skills through a simulated scenario, where DCFF teams showcased capabilities to combat shipboard emergencies.

After the Exercise, the United States Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf departed from Port Blair. Its visit was marked by a series of engaging harbour activities and sea exercises designed to foster collaboration.

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