Friday, April 23, 2010

Security along backwater Tourists spots need to be tightened

KOCHI: Security along the Tourist resorts in the backwaters of Kerala need to be strengthened, a top Naval officer said on Friday.

This is a new area we have gone as part of the exercise, Commodore M R Ajay Kumar, Naval Officer-in-charge (Kerala) said briefing reporters about the just concluded Triton-2 series of exercises along the Kerala coast.

The first exercise was held in October last.

We know about our strengths and it is equally important to know our weaknesses, Ajay Kumar, also Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy, said adding the three-day exercise from April 19 had been successful.

What we wanted to achieve, we have achieved, he said.

Two such exercises will be held every year-- along the Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts. The Lakshadweep exercise would be held in July, he said.

Coastguard ship Lakshmibai, INS Bagaram, INS Sutlej, Navys Dornier and Chetak aircraft and UAVs were among those which participated in the exercise in which at keast 1000 personnel drawn from Indian Navy, Coastguard, Fisheries department, Police Customs, Port and various state agencies took part

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