Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 24 (ANI): The Indian Navy has welcomed warships from foreign countries including France, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka arriving in Visakhapatnam on Thursday to participate in the multilateral naval exercise MILAN 2022.
Indian Navy regularly interacts with the Vietnamese People's Navy (VPN) through bilateral exercises, port visits and training cooperation which has resulted in enhanced understanding, interoperability and trust between the two navies, an official release said.
The latest edition of the Indian Navy's multilateral exercise MILAN 2022 is scheduled to commence from Friday in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam with the theme of 'Camaraderie-Cohesion-Collaboration' aiming to hone operational skills, and enable doctrinal learning in the maritime domain, through professional interaction between friendly navies.
MILAN 22 is being conducted over nine days in two phases with the harbour phase scheduled from February 25 to 28 and the sea phase from March 1 to 4.
Since the inception of MILAN in 1995, the event has been held biennially except for 2001, 2005, 2016, and 2020. While the 2001 and 2016 editions were not held due to International Fleet Reviews, the 2005 editions were rescheduled to 2006 due to the 2004 Tsunami. 2020 edition of MILAN was postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19. (ANI)