The 12th edition of the Multilateral Naval Exercise – 2024 (MILAN) is to be held at Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27, and likely witness the largest-ever participation by over 50 countries and nearly 20 ships from friendly nations.
The Multilateral Naval Exercise – 2024 (MILAN) is all set to take place in Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27. This 12th edition is expected to have the highest number of participants ever, with over 50 countries and nearly 20 ships from friendly nations joining in. To ensure smooth coordination, a final Planning Conference was conducted in hybrid mode (VC + in-person) at Visakhapatnam. The conference was chaired by CSO (Ops), @IN_HQENC, and attended by representatives from all participating nations. This information was shared by the Navy through an official statement.
MILAN, the flagship event, is a naval exercise that takes place every two years. It was initiated by the Indian Navy in 1995 as part of India’s ‘Look East Policy’. Over the years, MILAN has grown with the inclusion of other countries through the ‘Act East policy’ and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) initiative. This exercise now welcomes participation from various Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs).
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.