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Mock exercise by Southern Naval Command

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KOCHI (PTI): A co-ordinated security exercise to practice appropriate responses during contingencies such as hostage situations and streamline procedures was conducted by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) for units based at Kochi on Tuesday.

On commencement of exercise, intelligence inputs were simulated based on which security state was implemented.

"Suspected terrorist threat, attack by fast attack craft, landward and seaward threat were induced. All deployments and movement of personnel/ material was undertaken as actuals.

"Aerial Surveillance, helicopter transfer of Quick reaction team and employment of Explosive Ordinance Diffusal (EOD) team and dog squad were the highlights of the exercise," a Navy release said.

Ships at harbour were also exercised for armed intruder attack along with major fires onboard.

Hostage situation was induced as an exposure towards realistic security scenario.

Crisis Management Groups were employed with Casualty and VIP evacuation drills.

The exercise was conducted as part of the regular drills and exercises conducted by the SNC to fine-tune the reaction during an eventuality.

Approximately 19 situations, including two hostage situations were induced for all naval units at Kochi, the release said.

The exercise was coordinated and controlled by Naval Officer in charge (Kerala) from Joint Operation Centre (Kochi).

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