‘Milan’ Multilateral Naval Exercise

‘Milan’ is the name of the multilateral naval exercise which is hosted by the Indian Navy. This is a biennial exercise and features seminars, sports, social events, and professional exercises among the participating nations.

Overview:

  • This exercise was started in the year 1995.
  • Along with the Indian Navy, the navies of Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka had participated in the inaugural edition of this exercise.
  • All editions of Milan were held in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, under the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
  • The Navy, in 2020, announced that the next edition of Milan will be held at Visakhapatnam, under the Eastern Naval Command.
  • This exercise is held under various themes like anti-submarine warfare, and other areas.
  • Capacity building, training, marine domain awareness, technical assistance, hydrography, and operational exercises are among the areas of cooperation for the exercise.
  • Through professional engagement with friendly navies, the exercise aims to hone operational abilities, instill best practices and procedures, and enable learning in the maritime environment.

About Milan Exercise 2022

This year’s Milan Exercise will be the largest edition of this exercise with 46 countries invited to participate. This year’s Milan exercise will be held in Visakhapatnam in February 2022. The QUAD countries will also be participating.

Milan 22 is being held in two phases over a nine-day period, with the harbor phase being held from February 25 to February 28, and the sea phase from March 1 to 4.

The theme for this year’s exercise is ‘Camaraderie – Cohesion – Collaboration’ through which India will be projected to the world as a responsible maritime power.

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