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What is MILAN 2022, and when will it take place in Visakhapatnam?

The Indian Navy is preparing to host MILAN 2022, the world’s largest maritime exercise, with the outstanding subject ‘Camaraderie Cohesion Collaboration.’ The city of Visakhapatnam, which is hosting it for the first time from the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) headquarters, has been decked out for the numerous festivities scheduled from February 25 to March 4, 2022. MILAN, the Indian Navy’s Multilateral Naval Exercise, brings together friendly navies from around the world.

Read on to learn more about MILAN and the objective of this naval drill.

MILAN is a Sanskrit word that means “unification,” “coming together,” or “a gathering of people.” MILAN was established in 1995 with the goal of gathering all of the world’s fleets under one roof. Four littoral fleets from Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia took part in the Multilateral Naval Exercise, which was held for the first time in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The biennial gathering of friendly fleets has gotten bigger and bigger over the years. In 2018, 17 countries participated in the previous iteration of this naval exercise, which was conducted in Port Blair. While friendly country interaction used to be limited to port visits, it has since been broadened to include drills at sea.

MILAN is a multinational naval exercise that includes a variety of social and sporting events as well as drills and seminars for the participating navies. Local citizens will be allowed to see a few of the exercises’ activities, but the most of the conversations will be restricted to the participating fleets.

MILAN 2022, the biennial event, will take place between February 25 and March 4, 2022, to commemorate India’s 75th anniversary of independence. MILAN 2022 is expected to gather 46 friendly navies to promote conversations and find solutions to common problems while honouring each other’s traditions and learning best practices in the maritime realm. All Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) countries have also been invited, marking Australia, Japan, and the United States’ first participation in this prestigious exercise.

The event, which will hold a warfare exercise for the first time since its beginning, will be split into two halves. The first phase, which runs from February 25 to February 28, 2022, will include talks and solutions at the Harbour on maritime topics of shared interest. Professional conversations are being held in order to define the operational pace for phase two.

The second phase will take place between March 1 and March 4, 2022. This phase will be known as the sea phase, and it will consist of drills at sea for all participating navies in order to build on their previous experience of working together at sea.

The prestigious naval exercise MILAN 2022, which is taking place for the first time in Visakhapatnam, intends to pave the path for further maritime cooperation while also providing enormous professional value to all participating navies.

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