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Indian Navy set to host multi-national naval exercise MILAN from Feb 19

In a move to strengthen maritime cooperation and security in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy is gearing up for the 24th edition of the multi-national exercise MILAN, set to take place in Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27.

The MILAN exercise, initiated in 1995 as part of India's 'Look East policy,' has evolved into a biennial showcase of naval prowess and international collaboration. Following the success of the 11th edition held in Visakhapatnam in February-March 2022, organized under the Eastern Naval Command with the theme 'Camaraderie-Cohesion-Collaboration,' the upcoming edition marks a continuation of this tradition. Traditionally held under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command until its 10th edition, Visakhapatnam has now been chosen as the preferred venue for future MILAN exercises.

The exercise consists of two integral phases: the 'Harbour phase' and the 'Sea phase.' The 'Harbour phase' aims to facilitate cultural exchange among participating nations, fostering a spirit of unity and understanding. Nations share their rich maritime traditions during this phase, enhancing diplomatic ties and laying the groundwork for collaboration. In contrast, the 'Sea phase' will witness the involvement of ships, maritime patrol aircraft, and submarines from friendly foreign countries.

This phase is designed to showcase the naval capabilities of the participating nations, highlighting their dedication to ensuring maritime security in the region. MILAN 24 underscores India's commitment to nurturing partnerships, exchanging ideas, and collectively enhancing maritime security.

As a pivotal event on the international naval calendar, MILAN serves as a platform for nations to build relationships and exhibit their maritime power. With the participation of nations dedicated to the principles of cooperation and security, MILAN 24 is poised to make a significant contribution to the stability and prosperity of the Indian Ocean region.

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