A joint exercise between the National Security Guards (NSG), Chennai Hub, and Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy (MARCOS) was conducted at naval base here from May 4 to 6 under the aegis of the Southern Naval Command.

The exercise was aimed at providing a platform for achieving interoperability and cohesion during joint operations, PIB’s defense wing said in a press release Saturday.

An NSG team consisting of 2 officers, 4 JCOs and 30 commandos and a 20-member MARCOS team, including two officers, undertook counter terrorist exercises including hostage rescue. This is the first time such an exercise was conducted in Kochi.

The exercise was meant to fine tune the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be employed during real time joint special forces operations in case of any unforeseen contingencies in future.