Progress of Theera Veta being monitored at joint Operation Centre, Naval Base, Kochi
A comprehensive coastal security exercise ‘Theera Veta’ involving multiple security agencies was conducted along the entire coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands and the Union Territory of Mahe from 6 to 8 April 2016.
During the exercise, Attack and Security groups were formed with the Attack group simulating attacks on important locations called as Vital areas or points (VA/VP) along the Kerala Coast, L & M Islands and UT of Mahe. The task of the Coastal Security Group was to thwart any such attack during exercise. All fishing harbours, Fish Landing centers and other entry/exit points were being monitored for the purpose. Higher security state was maintained in all minor ports using boat patrols and link with respective Coastal Security Operation Centre.
State and U/T administration, Police and IRBN, Fisheries Department, Intelligence Bureau, Customs, Cochin Port Trust, Director General Light House and Light Ships, Department of Port, Shipping and Aviation at Lakshadweep Islands and fishermen association as well as fishing communities of the state of Kerala, Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands and the U/T of Mahe besides the Navy and Coast Guard participated in the exercise.
The entire exercise was coordinated by the Coast Guard and monitored the at the JOC (Joint Operation Centre), located at naval base, Kochi.
"Theera Veta" is a bi-annual exercise aimed to assess the effectiveness of the coastal fishing community in serving as ‘eyes and ears’ for early warning of any threats from sea and also to evaluate interoperability and coordination between integrated maritime security agencies in intelligence gathering, surveillance and provide anti terrorism defence and counter insurgency. This exercise was earlier conducted last year from 17-19 Nov 15.