Indian Navy’s Milan 2010 Commences at Port Blair

The largest four-day naval war game hosted by India and called Exercise Milan has commenced with 12 navies of the Asia-Pacific region participating in the event within the context of the Indian Navy’s ‘Look East’ policy and naval interactions to this effect, reported ANI.

Milan, a biennial gathering of navies of the Indian Ocean region, is held for building friendship and mutual understanding between participating navies. The event, which takes place from February 5-8 this year, is being held at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The multinational event is being organized at Port Blair by the Indian Navy since 1995.

Nine naval ships from eight countries and representatives from four others will participate in the seventh edition of this exercise this year, said report.

The focal point of Milan 2010 will be a passage exercise at sea and a seminar on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).

Besides, it will promote understanding and cooperation in the areas of common interest and safeguard SLOC (sea lanes of communication) from poaching, piracy and terrorist activities, promote interoperability to the extent possible and engage in joint search and rescue and humanitarian operations.

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