Indian Navy conducts offshore security exercise ‘Prasthan’

On October 11–12, 2022, Prasthan, an offshore security exercise, was held in the Krishna Godavari Basin Offshore Development Area (ODA) under the direction of Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command.

This exercise, which is carried out every six months, aims to coordinate the actions of all maritime parties involved in offshore defence and is a crucial component of ensuring offshore security.

Diverse oil operators, including ONGC, RIL, and Vedanta, as well as other stakeholders in marine security, including the AP Marine Police, AP fisheries department, and the Coast Guard, took part in the exercise, which was led by the Navy.

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and response measures to various eventualities in the Offshore Defence Area near Kakinada were improved as a consequence of the two-day exercise.

The drill rigs Platinum Explorer and DDKG- of ONGC and RIL, which are situated around 40 nautical miles south of Kakinada, were used for the exercise.

There were drills for several contingencies, including a terrorist attack, bomb explosion, casualty evacuation, search and rescue, man overboard, big fire, oil spill, and mass evacuation.

The exercise gave all participants a practical chance to evaluate their capacity to respond to and deal with emergencies in the Eastern ODA, as well as to work in concert and synergistically.

All of the exercise’s goals were achieved.

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