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MILAN 2024 Sea Phase - The essence of multinational operations is enhancing understanding of each others Op philosophy and procedures.    *    Sea Riders embark on warships of Friendly Foreign Navies as part of MILAN 2024 Sea Phase.    *    MILAN 24 Sea Phase will witness Indian & foreign warships sailing in unison and participating in an array of operational drills pushing the collective boundaries and refining the skills together.    *    Global community must collectively aspire for peace in this age of democratic & rules-based world order: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at MILAN 2024    *    MTEX-24 Defence Equipment Catalogue available. Access from....Home Page > Information > Tech Expo > Defence Expo Catalogue    *    MILAN2024 dazzles with the International City Parade. Air Power Demo showcases India's might at Beach Road, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.    *    MILAN Village, a rendezvous of culture, tradition and cuisine of nations participating in MILAN 2024 inaugurated by the Raksha Mantri.    *    Raksha Mantri launched NISHAR communication terminal towards achieving interoperability to connect all friendly partner navies.    *    Friendly Foreign Navies experience the cutting-edge Submarine Rescue demo by Indian Navy's Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV)    *    50 countries are participating in MILAN 2024, with various events planned at harbour and sea

Day 2 of Sea Phase MILAN2024

Day 2 of Sea Phase #MILAN2024 witnessed participating ships engaged in a series ... Read More

𝗦𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 #MILAN24

The Hawk Squadron at @IN_Dega exemplifies a seamless fusion of cutting-edge ... Read More

MILAN 2024 sea phase showcases Naval Collaboration

The sea phase of MILAN 2024, a biennial naval exercise, has kicked off with a... Read More

MILAN2024 - Sea Phase

The essence of multinational operations is enhancing understanding of each other... Read More

MILAN2024 Showcasing Incredible India!!!

Our partner nations joined us in exploring the essence of #IncredibleIndia du... Read More

Global community must collectively aspire for peace in this age of democratic & rules-based world order: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at Exercise MILAN in Visakhapatnam

Proactive collaboration key to shared peace & prosperity While striving f... Read More

Pre Sail Briefing

The pre sail briefing on the scheme of manoeuvres and conduct of complex exercis... Read More

Visakhapatnam explodes in colour - MILAN 2024

Shri Ajay Bhatt, Hon'ble RRM and Chief Guest for International City Parade witne... Read More

MILAN - Maritime Seminar

Hon'ble Vice-President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar planted a sapling at Samudrika Law... Read More

MOYO - SHS Visit

Young minds; shared waters! 50 Young Officers from our Global Partners hone nav... Read More

International Maritime Seminar, Day 2

The Second Session of International Maritime Seminar witnessed thought- provokin... Read More

MILAN Village Inauguration

Milan Village was inaugurated by Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh. Milan... Read More

MTEX24 - Maritime Innovation

Hon'ble Raksha Mantri inaugurated the Maritime Technical Exposition MTEX24 at MI... Read More

Dynamic discussions at MILAN2024 - SMEE

130 young leaders from 16 nations, including India, came together for Subject Ma... Read More

Shri Rajnath Singh , Hon’ble Raksha Mantri arrives in Visakhapatnam to inaugurate MILAN 2024

Shri Rajnath Singh , Hon’ble Raksha Mantri arrives in Visakhapatnam to inaugu... Read More

MILAN Sports

Embarking on a journey where sports and team-building seamlessly converge at MIL... Read More

DSRV Demo

Underwater search and rescue capability takes centre stage at MILAN2024. Friend... Read More

Harbour Phase highlights at MILAN2024

As part of the multinational naval exercise, a Table Top Exercise (TTX) was cond... Read More

Bridges of Friendship

Lieutenant Colonel Yoosuf Nishar, Squdron Cdr – Maritime Safety & Security Squad... Read More

Pre Sail Discussions

Day two of the MILAN2024 pre-sail discussions brought continued collaboration an... Read More

Bridges of Friendship

Capt JJ Claasen, Head of Namibian Delegation held wide ranging discussions on mi... Read More

Morning Health Trek

Milan Waves Embarking on a journey of well-being at MILAN2024. Early morni... Read More

Milan 2024 Opening Ceremony

Curtain rises! Witness the spectacular Opening Ceremony of Milan2024 where Hon'b... Read More

BNS Dhaleshwari arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

Indian Navy extends a gracious welcome to BNS Dhaleshwari, a Castle Class Missi... Read More

KD Lekir arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to KD Lekir (FSG 2... Read More

Marshal Shaposhnikov arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

A hearty welcome to Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK 543), Udaloy Class Cruiser of the... Read More

Varyag arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to Varyag (011), a... Read More

PS Zoroaster arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to PS Zoroaster of... Read More

SLNS Sayurala arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to SLNS Sayurala, ... Read More

UMS King Sin Phyu Shin arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to UMS King Sin Ph... Read More

KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to Indonesian Na... Read More

HMAS Warramunga arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to HMAS Warramunga... Read More

JS Sazanami arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to JS Sazanami, a ... Read More

HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (OPV 552), a Krab... Read More

Corvette 20 of Vietnam People’s Navy arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

Warm welcome to Corvette 20 of Vietnam People’s Navy at Visakhapatnam for MILAN2... Read More

USS Halsey arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (D... Read More

MILAN, a congregation of world navies, complements India's maritime vision

THE NAVY IS sometimes called the strategic service. This moniker is no... Read More

India's largest multi-nation naval exercise will promote synergy to tackle maritime threats

India's flagship multinational Milan naval exercise aims to promote synergy a... Read More

Milan 2024: Promoting Maritime Cooperation and Security in Visakhapatnam

The Milan 24 event will feature a range of activities during its harbour phas... Read More

India to host 9-day Milan naval exercise from Feb 19, 50 countries likely to participate

India to host 9-day Milan naval exercise from Feb 19, 50 countries likely to participate

India will host a nine-day mega naval exercise in Visakhapatnam beginning Feb... Read More

Vizag gears up to host Indian Navy's MILAN-24

Vizag city is all set to host Indian Navy’s multinational exercise, MILAN-24 ... Read More

Navy to deploy aircraft carriers INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant for MILAN-2024 in Vizag

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Indian Navy plans to deploy both its aircraft carriers-INS... Read More

Navy gets ready for its biggest naval exercise amid ocean engagements

The Indian Navy is gearing up to host its largest multilateral exercise in Fe... Read More

Exercise Milan

The next edition of Exercise MILAN is scheduled to be held in February 2024... Read More

Indian Navy To Conduct One Of Its Largest Naval Exercises — MILAN

Indian Navy is set to hold its largest multilateral naval exercise — MILAN — ... Read More

IN to host Mega Military War game in Feb 24

Navies from the US, Japan, Australia, France, Bangladesh, South Korea, Vietnam, ... Read More

FINAL PLANNING CONFERENCE

The 12th edition of the Multilateral Naval Exercise – 2024 (MILAN) is to be h... Read More

MILAN 2024 (MPC)

Introduction

The Indian Navy hosted th... Read More

MID-PLANNING CONFERENCE FOR MULTILATERAL NAVAL EXERCISE (MILAN) - 24

The Mid Planning Conference (MPC) of MILAN 24 (Multil... Read More


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VICE ADMIRAL RAJESH PENDHARKAR, AVSM, VSM FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING-IN-CHIEF, EASTERN NAVAL COMMAND
Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, AVSM, VSM has graduated from the National Defence Academy (69th Course, Golf Squadron) and was commissioned into the lndian Navy in Jan 1987.

A specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare, he is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College (Wellington), Naval War College (Karanja), and the Naval Command College, Newport, Rhode Island (USA). He holds a Master Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies.

After his early assignments onboard various ships, he commanded the missile corvette INS Kora, missile frigate lNS Shivalik and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. He was the Flag Officer Sea Training from Feb 20 to May 21.

His staff appointments include Assistant Chief of lntegrated Defence Staff (lnt - A) at HQ lDS, New Delhi, and subsequently as the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) in Headquarters, Western Naval Command. Subsequently, as the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area, followed by Flag Officer Sea Training. He was the Deputy Chief lntegrated Defence Staff at HQIDS since 01 Apr 23 prior to being appointed as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command on 01 Aug 23.

The Flag Officer is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service.

Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS)
Admiral R Hari Kumar, is an alumnus of J-Squadron, 61 Course National Defence Academy. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1983 and has specialised in Gunnery.
 
Admiral R Hari Kumar has commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, INS Nishank, INS Kora, INS Ranvir and INS Viraat. His other sea-going appointments include Fleet Operations officer and Fleet Gunnery Oficer of Western Fleet, EXO of INS Vipul, GO of INS Ranjit, Commissioning GO of INS Kuthar and Commissioning GO VII of INS Ranvir.

His ashore appointments include Command Gunnery Officer at HQ Western Naval Command, Naval Advisor to Government of Seychelles, Training Commander INS Dronacharya. His Flag appointments include Commandant of Naval War College at Goa, Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Chief of Staff Western Naval Command, Controller Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel at Ha MoD (N), and CisC/ VCDS at HQIDS. Prior to taking overas Chief of the Naval Staff, the Admiral was Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief VWestern Naval Command.

The Flag Officer had served in the Civil Military Operations Centre of UN Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM I) at Mogadishu from Dec 1992 to Jun 1993. He attended the US Naval Staff ourse at Naval War College, Rhode Island in 1996, Army Higher Command Course at AWC, Mhow in 2004, ánd the Royal College of Defence Studies, London in 2009. He holds a B.Sc. from JNU, MA (International Studies) from Kings College, London, MPhil (Defence & Strategic Studies) from Mumbai University and PG Diploma in Shipping Management from Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping, Mumbai.

He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2010, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2016 and Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2021.

Admiral R Hari Kumar is a good swimmer, plays badminton and enjoys walking. He is married to Mrs Kala Nair who is presently a home maker. They have one daughter Ms Anjana Nair who is married to Mr Jayvijay and are currently working at Auckland, New Zealand.

Shri Rajnath Singh HON'BLE RAKSHA MANTRI

Childhood & Education

Born on 10th July 1951 in a farmer’s family at village Babhora, Tehsil Chakia, District Varanasi (now District Chanduli) UP,   to Shri Rambadan Singh and Smt Gujarati Devi

He received basic education in the village and subsequently, he completed his MSc Physics from Gorakhpur University UP. He worked as a lecturer of Physics at K.B. Post-Graduate College Mirzapur,  UP.

Public & Social Life

He was a brilliant student since his student life. He became the RSS General Secretary of Mirzapur city in 1972. He also remained the organisational secretary of ABVP Gorakhpur division from 1969 to 1971.

He entered politics in 1974 and was elected as MLA in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in 1977.

He was elected as MLC for Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council in 1988 and became Education Minister in 1991. During his tenure as Education Minister in UP, he established some landmarks by introducing the Anti-Copying Act and Vedic Mathematics in the syllabus. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1994. On November 22, 1999, he became Union Surface Transport Minister. During this period he got the opportunity to initiate the NHDP (National Highway Development Programme), a dream project of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

On October 28, 2000, he became Chief Minister of UP and was twice elected as MLA from Haidargarh constituency in Barabanki.

On May 24, 2003, he became Union Minister of Agriculture and subsequently for Food Processing. During this period he initiated a few epoch-making projects like Kisan Call Centre and Farm Income Insurance Scheme.

He also embarked on 'Bharat Suraksha Yatra' which covered several States taking up the cause of increasing terrorist activities and threats to internal security. He laid emphasis on issues of public interest like spiraling prices of essential commodities, farmers’ grievances and other national issues. He wrote a book named as “Unemployment its Reasons and Remedies”.

He became the BJP National President on December 31, 2005, a post he held till December 19, 2009. In May 2009, he was elected MP from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.

On May 26, 2014, Shri Rajnath Singh took oath as the Union Minister of India and worked as Union Minister for Home Affairs till 30 May 2019.

On May 31, 2019, Shri Rajnath Singh has been allocated portfolio of Union Minister for Ministry of Defence.

MILAN Logo 2024

The MILAN 2024 Logo symbolizes the theme of the exercise 'Camaraderie Cohesion Collaboration', which has been highlighted and inscribed in the Logo.

The yellow ceremonial rope indicates strong bonding between its strands to form a single, uniting entity in consonance with the overall aim of MILAN.

The two anchors on either side represent stability, aimed to be achieved in the region through the Exercise.

The inner circle has a gradient of tricolor of India's National Flag as host nation.

The globe in the background (with India in center) indicates the inclusivity of all nations in the Exercise.

The location of Visakhapatnam has been highlighted on the map to indicate the venue of MILAN 2024

The light house on the hill represents the mariners' traditional, enduring guiding beacon. The ship silhouette and the blue waves indicate the congregation of ships from friendly navies with an aim to enhance professional interaction and gain experience from each other through operations at sea.

Day 2 of Sea Phase MILAN2024

Day 2 of Sea Phase #MILAN2024 witnessed participating ships engaged in a series of advanced exercises in all three dimensions of maritime warfare.

𝗦𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 #MILAN24

The Hawk Squadron at @IN_Dega exemplifies a seamless fusion of cutting-edge machines and extraordinary men. Their prowess elevates each mission, adding a touch of excellence to the unfolding narrative of #MILAN24.

MILAN 2024 sea phase showcases Naval Collaboration

The sea phase of MILAN 2024, a biennial naval exercise, has kicked off with a remarkable display of cooperation among ships and aircraft from friendly foreign nations alongside the Indian Navy.

The high-intensity sea phase, spanning air, surface, and undersea domains, commenced on Saturday with a powerful showcase of naval prowess. Day 2 of the sea phase witnessed a harmonious blend of mutual understanding and interoperability as participating ships operated collaboratively in the Bay of Bengal.

The MILAN 2024 sea phase serves as a testament to the commitment of participating nations towards promoting peace, stability, and interoperability in the maritime domain. As the exercise progresses, the world witnesses a united front of naval forces actively building bridges and strengthening global maritime security.

The multinational nature of the operations not only fostered camaraderie but also deepened the understanding of each other's operational philosophies and procedures. According to a release by Eastern Naval Command, the participants in sea phase are engaged in a series of advanced exercises, covering all three dimensions of maritime warfare.

The activities included weapon firings against surface and high-speed aerial targets, anti-submarine warfare, cross-deck landings, carrier operations, and seamanship evolutions such as replenishment at sea. The tempo of operations has steadily increased over the past two days, reflecting the commitment to enhancing maritime capabilities and fostering international cooperation.

MILAN2024 - Sea Phase

The essence of multinational operations is enhancing understanding of each others Op philosophy and procedures. Furthering Camaraderie, Cohesion and Collaboration.

MILAN2024 Showcasing Incredible India!!!

Our partner nations joined us in exploring the essence of #IncredibleIndia during #MILAN2024!!!

From Milan Village with its art and handicraft exhibits to cultural extravaganza during International City Parade - they imbibed it all!!

🛫Trips to Agra and Bodhgaya left everyone mesmerized with the beauty of India's rich history and cultural legacy!!

Share the moments of #IncredibleIndia as seen from their eyes.

Global community must collectively aspire for peace in this age of democratic & rules-based world order: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh at Exercise MILAN in Visakhapatnam

Proactive collaboration key to shared peace & prosperity While striving for peace, every threat to the collective well-being must be countered”

“Our resolve is to be the First Responder & Preferred Security Partner in Indian Ocean Region & for peace, stability and prosperity of the wider Indo-Pacific”

“India will continue to play the role of a Vishwa Mitra in forging meaningful partnerships that make the world a truly connected & equitable habitat”

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has called upon the international community to collectively aspire for peace in this age of democratic and rules-based world order, where individual countries proactively collaborate for shared peace & prosperity. He was addressing the formal opening ceremony of the 12th edition of the multi-nation Exercise MILAN in Visakhapatnam on February 21, 2024. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar and a distinguished gathering of Ministers, Ambassadors, Chiefs of Navies and representatives of Maritime Forces from over 50 friendly countries were present on the occasion.

Sharing his insights on the concept of ‘peace’, the Raksha Mantri asserted that the absence of wars and conflicts is the most irreducible minimum element of peace. He spoke of “negative peace” which, he said, often stems from dominance or hegemony, where one power imposes its will upon others. He said such peace, not backed by fairness and justice, is what physicists and economists call “unstable equilibrium”.

Shri Rajnath Singh elaborated on what he called “cold peace” where parties do not kill each other in the open, but do their best to undermine one another. He described cold peace as merely an interval between direct conflicts.

The Raksha Mantri was of the view that the concept of positive peace goes beyond the mere absence of direct military conflict and encompasses broader notions of security, justice, and cooperation. “The positive peace is the shared peace of one and all, with the cooperation of one and all. There is no Indian peace or Australian peace or Japanese peace, rather it is the shared global peace. This sentiment was also eloquently set forth by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi when he said ‘This is not an era of war. But it is one of dialogue and diplomacy’,” he said.

Shri Rajnath Singh emphasised that the Armed Forces play a dual role - conduct wars as well as maintain peace and good order. “Historically, Navies and Armies were established and maintained with the primary objective of extending political power through military conquests. Our historical experience informs us that the Armed Forces also play a significant role in preserving peace. It is seen in concepts and practices such as deterrence, conflict prevention, peace-keeping, and also in various humanitarian assistance efforts especially during disasters,” he said.

The Raksha Mantri stressed that in this evolution of the nature of the Armed Forces, international military exercises have emerged as crucial mechanisms for fostering friendship, understanding, cooperation, and military interoperability among friendly nations within the framework of a democratic world order. He termed MILAN 2024 as one such attempt to build the much-needed fraternal bonds across the oceans and mountains.

While Shri Rajnath Singh batted for peace and shared goodness, he assured that “we will not shrink from countering any threat that undermines our collective well-being, piracy and trafficking included”. He referred to the recent events in the Western Indian Ocean which have brought to the fore some pressing challenges in the maritime domain, ranging from attacks on the merchant shipping to piracy and hijacking attempts.

“India continues its proactive engagement and has been maintaining a sustained presence in the region to ensure safety and security of all shipping, irrespective of the Flag on the ship and the nationality of the crew. It is our steadfast resolve to be the First Responder and the Preferred Security Partner in the Indian Ocean Region, and for the peace, stability and prosperity of the wider Indo-Pacific,” said the Raksha Mantri. He added that India will continue to play the role of a Vishwa Mitra in forging meaningful partnerships that make the world a truly connected and equitable habitat for the humanity as a whole.

In his address, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar stated that underpinned by Government of India's vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR), MILAN encapsulates and rejuvenates the unrelenting spirit of 'Cohesion, Camaraderie and Collaboration.' From five IOR navies in 1995 to 50 navies across the Indo-Pacific today, MILAN reflects the growing stature and increasing importance of such collective and cooperative endeavours in the maritime domain, he said.

The Chief of the Naval Staff informed that the harbour phase, which is underway, has seen insightful discussions through Subject Matter Expert Exchanges and Table Top Exercises. He stated that while the International Maritime Seminar scheduled over next two days will provide senior commanders a platform to exchange ideas on crucial maritime challenges and opportunities, adding that young officers have been honing their sailing, submarine rescue and damage control skills at training simulators here.

Admiral R Hari Kumar added that the sea phase commencing on February 24 will witness Indian & foreign warships sailing in unison and participating in an array of operational drills pushing the collective boundaries and refining the skills together. “These are not merely naval exercises, but a testament to the collective expertise and strength we bring to the fore as maritime nations,” he added.

On the occasion, the Raksha Mantri also launched NISHAR communication terminal. As communication forms an important link in achieving interoperability, Indian Navy has developed MITRA terminals with Nishar application to connect all friendly partner navies.

MILAN Village, a rendezvous of culture, tradition and cuisine of nations participating in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN 2024, was also inaugurated by the Raksha Mantri. The vibrant tapestry of cultures promoted by delicacies from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Vietnam along with a wide variety of Indian cuisine delighted everyone. Handlooms, handicrafts, gems, crystals, artefacts and souvenirs from across the world made memorable takeaways for the visitors. The cultural performances and dances by artists also enthralled the visitors.

MILAN Village will remain open from 3 PM to 10 PM from 21st to 23rd February for personnel of Friendly Foreign Countries, defence personnel and their families.

The Maritime Technical Exposition MTEX-24 in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was inaugurated by Shri Rajnath Singh. MTEX-24 highlights India's push towards self-reliance in the defence sector. It showcases the latest advancements in naval technology viz shipbuilding, communication systems, cybersecurity, and sustainable energy solutions. Featuring presentations, demonstrations and exhibits, the event serves as a platform for forging partnerships and accelerating the development of cutting-edge technologies crucial for maritime defence.

The exposition displays products developed by the Indian industry and has the participation of major players from the Indian defence production viz Bharat Dynamics Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, Bharat Electronics, Elecronics Corporation of India Ltd, and Garden Reach Shipbuilders Ltd. In addition, defence start-ups such as Sagar Defence Engineering Ltd, Daksha Unmanned Systems Ltd, Saif Automation Ltd have displayed their innovative solutions. Further, defence PSUs and Indian Naval organisations such as DRDO, the Indian Naval Incubation Centre for Artificial Intelligence (INICAI), Weapon and Electronic System Engineering Establishment (WESEE) are showcasing their equipment and innovations. An equipment catalogue of the products displayed by various companies was released by Hon'ble Raksha Mantri.

The MTEX-24 is open from 21st to 23rd February from 10:30 AM to 6 PM. This three-day exposition fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange between industry leaders, researchers, and defence professionals thereby driving technological advancements and strengthening professional relations with friendly foreign navies. By facilitating knowledge exchange and promoting self-reliance, MTEX 24 will propel the Indian maritime industry forward, contributing to a more secure and prosperous future.

MILAN is a biennial multilateral naval exercise held under the aegis of the Eastern Naval Command. This edition is the largest and more complex than previous editions, with the participation of Indian ships and 16 foreign warships, one Maritime Patrol Aircraft and delegations from friendly countries. The exercise commenced on February 19, 2024 and will culminate on February 27, 2024 post the sea phase.

‘MILAN’ means 'a meeting of confluence and its motto – ‘Camaraderie Cohesion Collaboration’ symbolises the enduring spirit of international maritime cooperation. The exercise brings together like-minded nations that train and operate jointly towards establishing the regional synergy needed to achieve the shared objective of peace and prosperity, aligned with the Prime Minister's vision of Security & Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).

Pre Sail Briefing

The pre sail briefing on the scheme of manoeuvres and conduct of complex exercises planned during the Sea Phase of MILAN2024 conducted. The briefing was presided by RAdm Rajesh Dhankhar, FOCEF, HQEF and attended by COs of all participating units and the planning teams.

Visakhapatnam explodes in colour - MILAN 2024

Shri Ajay Bhatt, Hon'ble RRM and Chief Guest for International City Parade witnessed a tapestry of colours and performances. The Parade featured contingents from the Navy, Army, IAF , participating nations and many more. Performance by Navy school children, and horn pipe dance by Sea Cadets, cultural performances by Sri Lankan Navy troupe and classical dances from the region and tribes enthralled the audience.

MILAN - Maritime Seminar

Hon'ble Vice-President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar planted a sapling at Samudrika Lawn ahead of the inauguration of 'International Maritime Seminar'- MILAN 2024 in Visakhapatnam MILAN2024.

MOYO - SHS Visit

Young minds; shared waters! 50 Young Officers from our Global Partners hone navigation skills at Ship Handling Simulator, fostering collaboration & knowledge exchange for a safer, stronger maritime future.

International Maritime Seminar, Day 2

The Second Session of International Maritime Seminar witnessed thought- provoking presentations by Senior officers from partner nations on Navigating the Future. The esteemed speakers in Session-2 were: Admiral Vladimir L Kasatonov, Deputy Commander in Chief, Russian Navy Collaborative Approach to Implement Maritime Laws and Resolve Disputes, Second Lieutenant Sadiq Abdull Salad, Somalia - Collaborative Capacity Building and Resource Sharing for Maritime Excellence, Capt Sheikh Mohammad Enamul Hasan, Bangladesh Navy- Blue Economy and Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) – Exploring Opportunities for Sustainable Growth through responsible Maritime Practices

MILAN Village Inauguration

Milan Village was inaugurated by Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh. Milan Village will be open for visitors from 21 Feb to 23 Feb. It showcases glimpses of Indian and foreign culture and cuisine.

MTEX24 - Maritime Innovation

Hon'ble Raksha Mantri inaugurated the Maritime Technical Exposition MTEX24 at MILAN2024. Industry & Innovation unite as 65+ companies showcased cutting-edge naval tech. From startups to stalwarts, this is Viksit Bharat in action.

Dynamic discussions at MILAN2024 - SMEE

130 young leaders from 16 nations, including India, came together for Subject Matter Expert Exchange, exchanging expertise on maritime challenges, operations & cutting-edge tech. This intense interaction is shaping a collaborative future for our seas.

Shri Rajnath Singh , Hon’ble Raksha Mantri arrives in Visakhapatnam to inaugurate MILAN 2024

Shri Rajnath Singh , Hon’ble Raksha Mantri arrives in Visakhapatnam to inaugurate MILAN2024 at Eastern Naval Command showcasing the Indian Navy’s growing international partnerships and engagement in the Indian Ocean region.

MILAN Sports

Embarking on a journey where sports and team-building seamlessly converge at MILAN2024. From intense competitions to a variety of exhilarating games, there was something for everyone. The event witnessed vibrant participants in action, fueled by passion, adrenaline, and shared laughter.

DSRV Demo

Underwater search and rescue capability takes centre stage at MILAN2024. Friendly Foreign Navies experience the cutting-edge Submarine Rescue demo by Indian Navy's Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV). This advanced technology, capable of operating at 650m depth, underscores our shared resolve for regional maritime safety.

Harbour Phase highlights at MILAN2024

As part of the multinational naval exercise, a Table Top Exercise (TTX) was conducted at Maritime Warfare Centre, Visakhapatnam. 48 officers from 14 navies, including the IndiannNavy, collaborated in crafting coordinated plans for convoy protection and disaster relief. Thought-provoking discussions led to robust operational plans, fostering camaraderie and preparedness.

Bridges of Friendship

Lieutenant Colonel Yoosuf Nishar, Squdron Cdr – Maritime Safety & Security Squadron, Maldives Navy engaged in wide ranging discussions with VAdm Sameer Saxena, Chief of Staff, ENC, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Padesh

Pre Sail Discussions

Day two of the MILAN2024 pre-sail discussions brought continued collaboration and camaraderie in Visakhapatnam. Officers from our partner navies actively participated in formulating strategies for the upcoming Sea Phase. The ongoing discussions focus on refining plans for intricate operations and emphasise the importance of joint operations at sea. The spirit of cooperation and shared goals among the participating navies is evident as we work towards a successful Sea Phase of MILAN24.

Bridges of Friendship

Capt JJ Claasen, Head of Namibian Delegation held wide ranging discussions on military and naval cooperation between India and Namibia during his call on RAdm Shantanu Jha, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) (East) of the Indian Navy, at HQENC.

Morning Health Trek

Milan Waves Embarking on a journey of well-being at MILAN2024. Early morning Health Trek was flagged off from Dolphin Hill uniting over 600+ personnel from the Indian Navy and our friends from around the globe!!

Milan 2024 Opening Ceremony

Curtain rises! Witness the spectacular Opening Ceremony of Milan2024 where Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates the largest multinational exercise of Indian Navy. 📝🗓️ Save the date 2⃣1⃣ Feb 24, 04:30 PM IST, at Visakhapatnam Join us live on YouTube channel https://youtube.com/live/BTbY6VZkcdA Camaraderie Cohesion Collaboration

BNS Dhaleshwari arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

Indian Navy extends a gracious welcome to BNS Dhaleshwari, a Castle Class Missile Corvette from Bangladesh Navy. She arrived at Visakhapatnam and joins the fleet for the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

KD Lekir arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to KD Lekir (FSG 26), a Kasturi Class Corvette of Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) which arrived at Visakhapatnam today to participate in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

Marshal Shaposhnikov arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

A hearty welcome to Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK 543), Udaloy Class Cruiser of the Russian Navy. The Sunrise Command looks forward to her participation in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

Varyag arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to Varyag (011), a Slava Class Cruiser of Russian Navy which arrived Visakhapatnam to participate in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

PS Zoroaster arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to PS Zoroaster of Seychelles Coast Guard which arrived at Visakhapatnam to participate in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

SLNS Sayurala arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to SLNS Sayurala, an Indian-built Offshore Patrol Vessel of Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) which arrived at Visakhapatnam to participate in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024,

UMS King Sin Phyu Shin arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to UMS King Sin Phyu Shin (F 14), a Kyan Sittha Class Frigate of Myanmar Navy which arrived at Visakhapatnam to participate in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to Indonesian Navy's TNIAL Sigma 9113 corvette KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (367) for Biennial Multi-National Naval Exercise, MILAN2024.

HMAS Warramunga arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to HMAS Warramunga, an Anzac Class Frigate of the Royal Australian Navy. Participation of the ship in MILAN2024 is reflection of the close maritime partnership between the two nations and navies.

JS Sazanami arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to JS Sazanami, a Takanami Class Destroyer of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, which arrived Visakhapatnam to participate in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (OPV 552), a Krabi Class Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Royal Thai Navy at Visakhapatnam for participation in the Multilateral Naval Exercise MILAN2024.

Corvette 20 of Vietnam People’s Navy arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

Warm welcome to Corvette 20 of Vietnam People’s Navy at Visakhapatnam for MILAN2024. Strengthening maritime cooperation & regional security.

USS Halsey arrives at Visakhapatnam for MILAN 2024

The Sunrise Command of the Indian Navy extends a warm welcome to USS Halsey (DDG-97), an Arleigh Burke-Class Guided Missile Destroyer of the United States Navy, to the City of Destiny, Visakhapatnam for MILAN2024.

MILAN, a congregation of world navies, complements India's maritime vision

THE NAVY IS sometimes called the strategic service. This moniker is not easily applied to the other two services, the Army and the Air Force since their influence is often limited by geography and scale of interaction. The Indian Navy, on the other hand, is a truly global force which is distinctly international in character. This is not a new phenomenon. The characteristics of naval forces make them eminently suited for tasks well beyond the horizon, carrying friendships across the oceans and, if necessary, delivering lethal power to engage adversaries far away from own shores or assisting people in need such as our own diaspora in times of crises.

Besides being the primary manifestation of national maritime power, the Navy’s contribution in furthering the nation’s foreign policy has been stellar. Of the major roles of the Navy, its diplomatic role is the most visible and effective in the international maritime arena. From humble beginnings, this role has steadily grown in tandem with our ever-expanding global influence and diplomatic outreach. MILAN, a biennial maritime congregation of world navies, conducted by the Indian Navy, is a manifestation of this reality.

MILAN, as the name suggests, is a meeting of sorts. The idea germinated in the early 1990s, when a small conclave of navies of the eastern littoral of the Indian Ocean met once every two years at Port Blair. Just four regional navies participated in the first edition in 1995, represented by a small delegation. Later, one or two ships from friendly navies would call at Port Blair to coincide with the event. It was then more an ‘ice-breaking’ event with little operational content. MILAN steadily grew in strength and stature, with increasing participation by regional navies and much richer content. In 2018, 17 navies congregated at Port Blair. The normally harbour-based interactions expanded to include a sea phase of exercises.

With increasing participation and content, MILAN shifted to the picturesque port city of Visakhapatnam, the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command. This was done for ease of logistics on the mainland. MILAN 2020 was planned on a large scale, but was called off because of the pandemic. MILAN 2022 saw a tectonic shift in the complexion of the event with 39 foreign navies, 13 foreign warships and one foreign maritime patrol aircraft participating, besides high-level delegations, many led by chiefs of navies. Apart from a rich operational content, there was a vibrant cultural exchange, city parades, exhibitions and much pageantry. It altered the perception of the Indian Navy to one that had ‘arrived’ on the world stage.

MILAN 2024 promises to be a ‘never before’ event. A nine-day interaction among world navies from February 19 expects to witness 50 navies in attendance with 15 ships and one aircraft from friendly countries, along with more than 20 Indian naval platforms, including both aircraft carriers, Vikramaditya and Vikrant. The scope and complexity of the interaction will see an exponential enrichment. A defence technology expo, cultural events, seminars and public interaction including a city parade will also be integral components of this global naval interaction.

MILAN, which started as a small meeting of a few navies, has metamorphosed into a signature event that has paid the nation rich diplomatic and maritime dividends. It has cemented the Indian Navy’s reputation as a prominent force that stands for cooperation, peace and good order at sea, in keeping with the nation’s maritime vision and aspirations.

The author is former commander-in-chief of the Eastern Naval Command.

Source: - Theweek.in

Date: - 18 Feb 24

India's largest multi-nation naval exercise will promote synergy to tackle maritime threats

India's flagship multinational Milan naval exercise aims to promote synergy and interoperability among like-minded countries, crucial in addressing global maritime security challenges, including the recent escalating attacks by Houthi rebels and Somali pirates in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Arabian Sea.
"It's simply not possible for any one navy to do it alone...

it has to be a collaborative effort. The Milan exercise, with participation from as many as 51 countries, will help forge deeper partnerships in tackling threats together," said Navy Deputy Chief Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti on Wednesday. He added that there is "no messaging" against China through this exercise.
The Milan exercise will bring together warring countries such as the US, Russia, and Iran, who are also sending warships. Despite the diplomatic row with India over the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canada is also sending a delegation.
Other participating countries include France, the UK, Japan, Germany, Australia, Spain, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Brazil, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Mauritius, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

In total, 20 Indian warships and submarines, including aircraft carriers INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya, along with 15 foreign warships and 50 aircraft, will take part in the Milan exercise in Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27.
"The biennial Milan has transformed both in terms of size and complexity since it began in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1995 with four foreign navies. In 2022, 39 countries took part. This year, there will be 51," Vice Admiral Sobti said.

The exercise's harbor phase will include an international maritime seminar discussing ongoing geopolitical developments and maritime security challenges, an international city parade, maritime tech exhibition, and exchanges of subject experts.
"Asymmetric threats, including autonomous aerial and surface platforms, will be part of a tabletop exercise," Vice Admiral Sobti said. During the sea phase, the participating warships and aircraft will undertake large-force maneuvers, advanced air defense operations, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface operations.

Source: - Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Date: - 15 Feb 24

Milan 2024: Promoting Maritime Cooperation and Security in Visakhapatnam

The Milan 24 event will feature a range of activities during its harbour phase, including an International Maritime Seminar.

The 12th Multilateral Naval Exercise – 2024 (Milan) is scheduled to take place in Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27. It is expected to witness the largest-ever participation, with over 50 countries and nearly 20 ships from friendly nations joining the event. Milan, which began in 1995, was initially conceived by the Indian Navy in line with India’s ‘Look East Policy’. Over the years, it has expanded significantly, aligning with India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ (Sagar) initiative. This growth has led to the inclusion of participation from various other Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs).

The Milan 24 event will feature a range of activities during its harbour phase, including an International Maritime Seminar, City Parade at RK Beach,Swavlamban Exhibition, Subject Matter Expert Exchange, and Milan of Young Officers. Additionally, ships, maritime patrol aircraft, and submarines from Friendly Foreign Countries will participate in the sea phase alongside units from the Indian Navy. It is anticipated that both of India’s aircraft carriers, INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, will be deployed at the Eastern seaboard in Visakhapatnam during the exercise.

The exercise will involve various naval operations, including large-force manoeuvres, advanced air defence operations, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare operations. Milan 22, the previous edition, was conducted in Visakhapatnam from February 25 to March 4, 2022, under the Eastern Naval Command, with the theme ‘Camaraderie–Cohesion–Collaboration’.

Milan has evolved significantly since its inception, growing from the participation of four foreign countries to becoming a major biennial multinational naval exercise. With the need for a larger staging and hosting base, Visakhapatnam was chosen as the preferred venue for future Milan exercises. The city’s attributes, including its status as a major commercial hub, large port, and favourable coastal gradient, make it an ideal location for hosting such events. The scenic view from RK Beach, coupled with excellent infrastructure, enhances the experience for participants and spectators alike.

Milan 24 will consist of two main phases – the harbour phase and the sea phase. The harbour phase aims to promote cultural sharing among participating nations through various events and exhibitions. In contrast, the sea phase will focus on joint naval exercises and operations. Milan serves as a testament to India’s commitment to promoting maritime cooperation and security in the Indian Ocean Region, highlighting the importance of international collaboration in addressing common challenges and ensuring a secure maritime environment.

Source: - Financialexpress.com/

Date: - 09 Feb 24

India to host 9-day Milan naval exercise from Feb 19, 50 countries likely to participate

India to host 9-day Milan naval exercise from Feb 19, 50 countries likely to participate

India will host a nine-day mega naval exercise in Visakhapatnam beginning February 19 that is expected to see participation of over 50 navies against the backdrop of fractious geopolitical environment including increasing security concerns in the Red Sea. Navies from the US, Japan, Australia, France, Bangladesh, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia are set to be among the participating nations in the 'Milan' exercise to be conducted off Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27, officials said.

Milan is a biennial multinational naval exercise which started in 1995 with the participation of Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand in consonance with India's 'Look East' policy. The exercise flourished under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command till its 10th edition.

With the growing stature of the exercise and the requirement of a larger staging and hosting base, Visakhapatnam, was chosen as the preferred venue for the exercise.

The city is ideal to host the event owing to various aspects, namely major commercial hub, large port, steep coastal gradient closer to its shores enabling ships to operate closer to the shore and long coastline offering excellent viewing experience for the public, officials said.

The scenic view from RK Beach in particular, coupled with excellent infrastructure is conducive to hosting various events planned during Milan for the local populace along the shore, such as operational demonstrations and the international city parade, they said.

The upcoming exercise would comprise two phases -- the 'Harbour phase' and the 'Sea phase'.

The harbour phase, aimed to promote cultural sharing amongst the participating nations, would consist of an international maritime seminar, international city parade, maritime exhibition and various sporting events.

In the sea phase, ships along with aircraft of friendly foreign countries would participate along with the Indian Navy's aircraft and other units, the officials said.

It will involve large-force manoeuvres, advanced air defence operations, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface operations, they said.

"The Milan exercise is an exemplary demonstration of India's commitment towards promoting maritime cooperation and security in the Indian Ocean Region," said an official.

"India's growing strategic importance in the Indo-Pacific region has further elevated the significance of Milan exercise. It has become an attractive platform for nations to build partnerships, exchange ideas, and enhance maritime security reflecting India's commitment to being a responsible maritime power,"

The previous edition of the exercise took place in 2022 in Visakhapatnam.

Source: - Economictimes.Indiatimes.com/

Date: - 08 Feb 24

Vizag gears up to host Indian Navy's MILAN-24

Vizag city is all set to host Indian Navy’s multinational exercise, MILAN-24 from February 19 to 27. The 11th edition of the exercise was held in Vizag city in 2022 under Eastern Naval Command (ENC) with the theme Camaraderie-Cohesion- Collaboration.
MILAN is a biennial multinational naval exercise which started in 1995 with participation of four foreign countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand) in consonance with India’s ‘Look East policy’.

The exercise flourished under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar command till its 10th edition. With the growing stature of the exercise and requirement of a larger staging and hosting base, Visakhapatnam, the city of destiny was chosen as the preferred venue for future MILAN exercises.
Vizag city is ideal to host the event owing to various aspects, namely major commercial hub, large port, steep coastal gradient closer to its shores enabling Ships to operate closer to the shore and long coastline offering excellent viewing experience for the public.
The scenic view from RK Beach in particular, coupled with excellent infrastructure is conducive to host various events planned during MILAN for the local populace along the shore, such as Operational Demonstration and International City Parade.

The MILAN 24 exercise would comprise two phases – ‘Harbour phase’ and ‘Sea phase’. The harbour phase, aimed to promote cultural sharing amongst the participating nations, would comprise of International Maritime Seminar, International City Parade, Maritime Tech Exhibition, Subject Matter Expert Exchange, Milan of Young Officers and various sporting events.
During the Sea phase, ships along with Maritime Patrol Aircraft and submarines of Friendly Foreign Countries would participate along with the

Indian Navy’s Aircraft Carriers and other units. It will involve large-force manoeuvres, advanced air defence operations, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface operations.
The MILAN exercise is an exemplary demonstration of India’s commitment towards promoting maritime cooperation and security in the Indian Ocean region. In a world where maritime security is of paramount importance, the MILAN exercise stands as a shining example of nations coming together to address common challenges and create a more secure and prosperous maritime environment.
India’s growing strategic importance in the Indo-Pacific region has further elevated the significance of MILAN exercise. It has become an attractive platform for nations to build partnerships, exchange ideas, and enhance maritime security reflecting India’s commitment to being a responsible maritime power.

Source: - Timesofindia.Indiatimes.com/

Date: - 14 Jan 24

Navy to deploy aircraft carriers INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant for MILAN-2024 in Vizag

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Indian Navy plans to deploy both its aircraft carriers-INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, to the Eastern Seaboard in Vizag during Milan-2024. Vizag city will be hosting Milan-2024, the flagship international Naval Exercise, from February 19 to 27 in 2024 under the aegis of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of Indian Navy.
Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, Flag-Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) ENC, said that the command will also be hosting the second edition of exercise MILAN at Visakhapatnam in February 2024.

This event is likely to witness participation from nearly 50 friendly countries as a delegation and 20 foreign warships along with one maritime patrol aircraft.
An international maritime seminar, tabletop exercises, demonstration of the Indian Navy’s deep submergence rescue Vessel, a multilateral exercise at sea, a city parade and a host of other social and cultural events are some of the highlights of MILAN 2024. These joint drills will also highlight the Navy’s expanding role in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) as a first responder and preferred security partner. Presence and operational reach by the Indian Navy through Mission Based Deployments and other operational engagements has steadily enhanced.

To a question on increasing Chinese forays into the Indian Ocean Region, Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar said China may have legitimate reason to be present in the IOR for economic activities. The Indian Navy keeps on eye on what all is happening there and tries to maintain surveillance of the extra regional forces in this region, he added.
Milan-2022 was conducted in Visakhapatnam from 25 February 25 to March 4 in 2022 and witnessed participation from 40 countries. Navies from the US, Japan, Australia, France, Bangladesh, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia are set to be among the participating nations in the 'Milan-2024 exercise to be conducted off Visakhapatnam in Feb 2024. The upcoming exercise will be the biggest multilateral military wargame to be hosted by India ever and it will feature large-force manoeuvres, advanced air defence operations, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface drills.

Source: - Timesofindia.Indiatimes.com

Date: - 03 Dec 23

Navy gets ready for its biggest naval exercise amid ocean engagements

The Indian Navy is gearing up to host its largest multilateral exercise in February. The next edition of Exercise MILAN is scheduled to be held in February 2024, and is expected to see the participation of over 50 countries, defence sources said while noting that this reflects the significant expansion of the Navy’s engagements as well as capacity to assist countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) as the first responder and Preferred Security Partner.

“Presence and operational reach by the Indian Navy through Mission Based Deployments and other operational engagements has steadily enhanced. There are 17 multilateral and 20 bilateral exercises that the Navy conducts annually which exemplifies India’s commitment to maintaining strong defence ties,” a defence source said. “These exercises are crucial for honing operational capabilities, sharing best practices, building mutual trust, fostering interoperability, strengthening diplomatic ties, and enhancing maritime security. They not only demonstrate India’s naval prowess but also contribute to the shared goal of ensuring a secure and stable maritime environment.”

Exercise Milan is a biennial multilateral naval exercise which began in 1995, and has since significantly expanded in scope and scale to become the largest exercise held by India. The mid-planning conference of Milan-24 was held in October this year. The last edition of Milan, which is held off Visakhapatnam, saw participation from over 40 countries.

In addition, since July 2022, Indian Navy has joined the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Force (CMF), a US-led multi-national naval partnership that aims to promote security, stability, and prosperity across international waters in IOR. “Indian Naval ships and aircraft are being deployed for CMF led operations on regular basis,” sources noted and earlier this month India announced its decision to become a full member of the grouping.

India has also significantly expanded assistance in capacity building to countries in the region. This includes giving platforms, regular training as well as routinely deploying Mobile Training Teams (MTT) overseas to facilitate capacity development. “Recently, MTT from Indian Naval Work up teams undertook Operational Sea Checks of ships of two friendly countries - Sri Lanka and South Africa at Trincomalee and Cape Town respectively where they worked alongside the ship’s crew to achieve very high standards of operational readiness as well as safety compliance,” a defence source said.

Similarly, INS Nireekshak conducted mix gas diving training for Sri Lankan Navy personnel in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, both in 2022 and 2023. To date, Indian Navy has trained over 15,000 personnel from over 40 countries from the IOR, the first source stated.

Indian built Off-shore Patrol Vessels (OPV) and Fast Attack Craft (FAC) are in service in Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka, facilitated through defence Lines of Credit. In October 2020, India gifted a kilo-class Submarine INS Sindhuvir which was extensively refitted and upgraded prior handing over, to Myanmar.

India also gifted Maldives an FAC and a landing craft in May this year, replacing the FAC gifted earlier, a second source noted. In July this year, India gifted an operational corvette, INS Kirpan to Vietnam. “Gifting of these assets are aimed at enhancing the capacity of these countries to contribute to regional security,” one of the sources said adding other capacity building measures include hydrological survey undertaken by Indian Navy Survey Ships in Tanzania, Maldives, and Mauritius, as also the regular conduct of joint Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) surveillance in response to requests from Indian Ocean littoral states such as Maldives, Seychelles, and Mauritius.

Source: - Thehindu.com

Date: - 01 Dec 23

Exercise Milan

The next edition of Exercise MILAN is scheduled to be held in February 2024.

About Exercise Milan

It is a biennial multilateral naval exercise that began in 1995.

It has since significantly expanded in scope and scale to become the largest exercise held by India.

It was started with the participation of only four countries, viz., Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand, in the 1995 edition, the exercise has since transitioned leaps and bounds in terms of the number of participants and complexity of exercises.

Originally conceived in consonance with India's 'Look East Policy, MILAN expanded in ensuing years with the Government of India's 'Act East Policy' and Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) initiative to include participation from other Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs).

The mid-planning conference of Milan-24 was held in October this year. The last edition of Milan, which is held off the coast of Visakhapatnam, saw participation from over 40 countries.

What is the SAGAR initiative?

It is an Indian foreign policy doctrine that was introduced in 2015.

The aim of SAGAR is to enhance cooperation and mutual trust between India and its neighbouring countries, particularly in the Indian Ocean region.

The SAGAR policy has several components, including ensuring maritime security and safety, promoting sustainable development and economic growth, and strengthening cultural and people-to-people ties between nations. 

Source: - Vajiramias.com

Date: - 01 Dec 23

Indian Navy To Conduct One Of Its Largest Naval Exercises — MILAN

Indian Navy is set to hold its largest multilateral naval exercise — MILAN — 2024.

Scheduled for February 2024, this edition is expected to see the participation of more than 50 countries. These joint drills will also highlight the Navy’s expanding role in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) as a first responder and preferred security partner.

"Presence and operational reach by the Indian Navy through Mission Based Deployments and other operational engagements has steadily enhanced."

With 17 multilateral and 20 bilateral exercises conducted annually, these activities exemplify India’s dedication to maintaining robust defence ties.

"These exercises are vital for improving operational capabilities, sharing best practices, building mutual trust, fostering interoperability, strengthening diplomatic ties, and enhancing maritime security, showcasing India’s naval prowess and contributing to a secure maritime environment."

Exercise Milan, a biennial multilateral naval exercise that began in 1995, has grown to become India's largest exercise of its kind.

The Final-planning conference for Milan-24 took place in December 2023, following the last edition in Visakhapatnam, which saw participation from over 40 countries.

Since July 2022, the Indian Navy has been part of the Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Force (CMF), a US-led multinational naval partnership promoting security across international waters in the IOR.

Indian Naval ships and aircraft are regularly deployed for CMF-led operations, and India has recently decided to become a full member of this grouping.

Additionally, India has significantly expanded its capacity-building assistance to countries in the region, including providing platforms, regular training, and deploying Mobile Training Teams (MTT) overseas.

Recently, MTT from Indian Naval work up teams conducted operational sea checks of ships from friendly countries, such as Sri Lanka and South Africa, at Trincomalee and Cape Town, respectively, enhancing operational readiness and safety compliance.

INS Nireekshak also conducted mixed-gas diving training for Sri-Lankan Navy personnel in Trincomalee, both in 2022 and 2023. To date, the Indian Navy has trained over 15,000 personnel from more than 40 countries in the IOR.

Indian-built off-shore patrol vessels and fast-attack craft (FAC) are in service in Mauritius, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka, facilitated through defence lines of credit.

In October 2020, India gifted a Kilo-class Submarine INS Sindhuvir, extensively refitted and upgraded, to Myanmar.

In May 2024, India also gifted a FAC and a landing craft to Maldives, replacing an earlier FAC gift. Additionally, in July, India gifted an operational corvette, INS Kirpan, to Vietnam.

These gifts aim to enhance the capacity of these countries to contribute to regional security.

Other capacity-building measures include hydrological surveys undertaken by Indian Navy Survey Ships in Tanzania, Maldives, and Mauritius, as well as the regular conduct of joint Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance in response to requests from Indian Ocean littoral states such as Maldives, Seychelles, and Mauritius

Source: - Swarajyamag.com

Date: - 01 Dec 23

IN to host Mega Military War game in Feb 24

Navies from the US, Japan, Australia, France, Bangladesh, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia are set to be among the participating nations in the 'Milan' exercise to be conducted off Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27 2024. The upcoming exercise will be the biggest multilateral military wargame to be hosted by India ever and it will feature large-force manoeuvres, advanced air defence operations, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface drills.

Date: - 20 Oct 23

FINAL PLANNING CONFERENCE

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. In accordance to the exercise a final Planning Conference was also held at Visakhapatnam in hybrid mode (VC + in-person) chaired by CSO (Ops), @IN_HQENC and attended by participating nations, said the Navy in an official statement.

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).

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 manoeuvres, 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.

Source: - Idrw.org/

Date: - 20 Oct 23

MILAN 2024 (MPC)

Introduction

The Indian Navy hosted the Mid-Planning Conference for MILAN 24 (Multilateral Naval Exercise- 2024) at Visakhapatnam from 19th February to 27th February 2024. This event follows a long-standing tradition of hosting the MILAN exercise, showcasing India’s commitment to fostering international maritime cooperation.

The Origins of MILAN

MILAN, a biennial multilateral naval exercise, was initiated by the Indian Navy in 1995. Initially, it was aligned with India’s ‘Look East Policy.’ However, as India’s international engagement evolved with the ‘Act East policy’ and the ‘Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)’ initiative by Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi, MILAN opened its door to participation from Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs).

MILAN 22: A Glimpse of the Past

In 2022, MILAN 22 took place at and off Visakhapatnam from 25th February to 4th March. This iteration witnessed participation from a remarkable 39 countries, showcasing the exercise’s growing international appeal.

Harbour Phase Activities of MILAN 24

The upcoming MILAN 24 will consist of both a harbour phase and a sea phase. During the harbour phase, a variety of event and activities are planned, including 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.

Sea Phase Maneuvers

The sea phase of MILAN 24 will see the active involvement of naval assets from Friendly Foreign Countries alongside the Indian Navy Units. This phase will include Large-Foreign Maneuvers, Advanced Air Defense Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface Warfare Operations.

Global Significance

MILAN 24 will coincide with India G20 Presidency and the conduct of the exercise would yet again realise the ‘G20 theme Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. Scheduled from 19 – 27 Feb 24 at/ off Visakhapatnam, MILAN 24 is likely to witness the largest-ever participation to date with invites being extended to over 50 countries.

Source: - Adda247.com

Date: - 21 Oct 23

MID-PLANNING CONFERENCE FOR MULTILATERAL NAVAL EXERCISE (MILAN) - 24

The Mid Planning Conference (MPC) of MILAN 24 (Multilateral Naval Exercise - 2024), to be hosted by the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam from 19 - 27 Feb 24, was conducted by the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) with participating friendly foreign Navies over video conference on 17 Oct 23. During the MPC, representatives of invited countries were briefed on events planned during the harbour phase and sea phase.

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 lndia's 'Act East policy' and Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi’s Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) initiative, to include participation from other Friendly Foreign Countries (FFCs). MILAN 22 was conducted at/ off Visakhapatnam from 25 Feb - 04 Mar 22 and witnessed participation from 39 countries.

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. They will involve large-force manoeuvres, 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’. Scheduled from 19 - 27 Feb 24 at/ off Visakhapatnam, MILAN 24 is likely to witness the largest-ever participation to date with invites being extended to over 50 countries.

Source: - Pib.gov.in/

Date: - 20 Oct 23

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