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Multi-nation MILAN 2022 naval exercise concludes in Visakhapatnam

Multi-nation MILAN 2022 naval exercise concludes in Visakhapatnam
A snapshot from exercise MILAN 2022 (Image Source : @SpokespersonNavy Twitter)

Far away from the ongoing war in Ukraine, India’s largest ever multi-nation Milan naval exercise with 26 warships, 21 aircraft and a submarine has now concluded off Visakhapatnam. 

Thirteen nations, ranging from the US, Australia, France and Japan to Vietnam, South Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia, deployed their warships along with top naval delegations for the exercise. Many others, including Russia, Israel, Iran, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Oman, sent only delegations. 

During the sea phase of the 11th Milan edition, which ended on Friday, a series of complex and advanced exercises were undertaken in all three dimensions of naval operations to enhance compatibility, interoperability, mutual understanding and maritime cooperation amongst the partner navies. 

“The first two days of the exercises at sea included complex anti-air warfare drills with a P8A aircraft of the US Navy shepherding a strike of Indian fighter jets on a formation of warships of the participating navies,” Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said on Saturday. 

“Additionally, weapon firings against low-flying air targets were conducted, which reflected the proficiency of the crews and high levels of interoperability. The next few days witnessed an increase in the complexity of exercises including underway replenishment, advanced anti-submarine exercises with participation of aircraft, surface target firings and simulation of complex operational scenarios,” he added. 

The closing ceremony of MILAN was held in a unique format with the commanding officers of the participating warships arriving by helicopters and boats on India’s large amphibious warfare ship INS Jalashwa, which was at anchorage.

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