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MILAN 2024, Indian Navy to host its Largest Multilateral Exercise in Visakhapatnam

15 ships and one Maritime Patrol Aircraft from friendly foreign countries are going to participate in the sea exercise.

Visakhapatnam is set to host the International Maritime event — MILAN 2024 — next week. Delegations from nearly 50 countries will take part in the 12th edition of the MILAN exercise from February 19 to 27.

Fifteen ships and one Maritime Patrol Aircraft from friendly foreign countries are going to participate in the sea exercise. From the Indian Navy, nearly 20 ships, including aircraft carriers Vikrant and Vikramaditya, and nearly 50 aircraft, including MiG 29K and P8I, will participate in the event.

The Flagship event, MILAN is a biennial multilateral naval exercise, which was incepted by the Indian Navy in 1995. Originally conceived in consonance with India’s ‘Look East Policy, MILAN expanded in ensuing years with the Govt of India’s ‘Act East policy’ and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) initiative, to include participation from other Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs).

Delegations from over 50 countries will take part in the 12th edition of MILAN. Today Aircraft Carrier of the United States Of America, USS Halsey arrived at Visakhapatnam.

The harbour phase of MILAN 24 will comprise of International Maritime Seminar, City Parade at RK Beach, Swavlamban Exhibition, Subject Matter Expert Exchange and Milan of Young Officers.

Ships, Maritime patrol aircraft and submarines of Friendly Foreign Countries would participate in the sea phase along with Indian Navy units. Indian Navy is likely to deploy both its aircraft carriers — INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant — at the Eastern seaboard in Visakhapatnam during the exercise.

They will involve large-force maneuvers, advanced air defence operations, Anti-submarine warfare, and Anti-surface warfare operations.

The run-up to MILAN is concomitant to India’s G20 Presidency and the conduct of the exercise would yet again realise the ‘G20 theme Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

MILAN 22 was conducted at/ off Visakhapatnam from 25 Feb – 04 Mar 22 and witnessed participation from 39 countries.

The upcoming MILAN exercise is poised to encompass a wide array of high-intensity maneuvers, including large-force maneuvers, advanced air defense operations, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare operations. This comprehensive scope underscores the exercise’s commitment to honing participants’ capabilities across diverse operational domains, fostering greater interoperability and readiness among naval forces.

The timing of MILAN holds particular significance against the backdrop of India’s G20 Presidency. The exercise aligns seamlessly with the overarching theme of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, echoing the Indian ethos of ‘the world is one family.’ This thematic resonance underscores the exercise’s broader objective of fostering international cooperation and solidarity in addressing shared maritime security challenges.

Reflecting on the success of MILAN 22, which was conducted at or off the coast of Visakhapatnam from February 25 to March 4, 2022, serves as a testament to the exercise’s growing prominence and effectiveness. With participation from 39 countries, MILAN 22 showcased the collective commitment of nations to enhancing maritime security and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

As preparations for the upcoming MILAN exercise gain momentum, anticipation mounts for another iteration of collaborative engagement, knowledge sharing, and capacity building among naval forces. With its multifaceted agenda and broad international participation, MILAN remains a cornerstone of maritime diplomacy and cooperation, contributing to regional stability and prosperity in the years ahead.

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