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Milan 2020 in Visakhapatnam for the First Time

Published Nov 11, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

The Mid Planning Conference (MPC) for MILAN exercise concluded at HQENC Visakhapatnam 08 Nov 19. The three-day conference was attended by 29 delegates from 17 friendly Foreign Navies. Delivering the Opening Address, Commodore Sanjiv Issar, Commodore Milan briefed on the broad programme of MILAN 2020 scheduled to be conducted at Visakhapatnam in Mar 2020.

The scope of exercise planned during the harbour and sea phase of MILAN 2020 was discussed in detail with the delegates of the participating countries during the conference.

MILAN series of biennial a multilateral naval exercise which commenced in 1995, was conducted at Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) until last year, is being conducted for the first time on the mainland at ENC with increased scope and complexity of the Exercise.

MILAN 2020 is aimed to enhance professional interaction between friendly foreign navies and learn from each other’s strengths and best practices in the maritime domain.

The event would also provide an excellent opportunity for Operational Commanders of friendly foreign navies to interact with each other in areas of mutual interest.

MILAN is a congregation of littoral navies – MILAN is an initiative of the Indian Navy aimed to create a forum for the littoral navies of the region to exchange thoughts in the area of maritime cooperation.

MILAN 2018 with the underlying of the theme ‘Friendship Across the Seas’ was held at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 06 March to 13 March 2018.

The naval exercise was attended by 19 ships representing 17 countries.

Meanwhile, as part of a number of events lined up in Milan 2018, the ships’ crew engaged in a band concert, International Maritime Seminar, musical evening, cultural evening and food festival, Table Top Exercise, jungle survival demo, MILAN banquet, international city parade and multilateral exercises.

Besides fostering co-operation through naval exercises and professional interactions, MILAN also provides an excellent opportunity to the participating navies to come together in a spirit of collaboration and mutual understanding to nurture stronger ties.

MILAN made modest beginnings more than two decades ago when it was first held in 1995. The first edition saw participation of four littoral navies. The event achieved strident success during the ensuing years owing to high standards of professional content of the event.

The growing participation over the years bears testimony to the success of this multilateral initiative. From an event of sub- regional context, MILAN has now grown into a prestigious international event and encompasses participation by maritime forces from not just the Bay of Bengal and South East Asia but the larger Indian Ocean Region (lOR).