Offshore Security Exercise - 'Prasthan'


  • On 16th November 2021, the Western Naval Command of Indian Navy conducted a security exercise, called "Prasthan", in the Offshore Development Area (ODA) off the coast of Mumbai.
  • The exercise, conducted by the Headquarters Western Naval Command, is held every six months.
  • The exercise aims to integrate maritime stakeholders, including the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, ONGC, Port Trust, Customs, State Fisheries department and Marine Police, towards refining standard operating procedures for response to various contingencies that could occur in the ODAs.
  • The exercise was conducted on the MHN platform of ONGC located about 94 nautical miles west of Mumbai.
  • The drill focused on contingencies such as terrorist intrusion, bomb explosion, major fire, oil spill, man overboard, casualty evacuation, loss of control of vessel and mass evacuation.