Indian Navy concludes international maritime exercise Milan 2014

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Milan 2014, the 9th and the largest edition of this biennial international maritime exercise, finished off the coast of Andaman and Nicobar islands. The six day drill, meant to nurture closer defence and strategic ties, saw 17 nations participating- the highest ever- with 15 ships in total. 

Key Points

  • The naval exercise, conducted by the Indian Navy, has been taking place every two years since 1995.
  • Apart from regular battle exercises, the contingents were also trained on how to tackle disasters like cyclones and earthquakes through a seminar on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
  • Air Marshal P K Roy, Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command, received the parting salute from all 9 foreign ships to conclude the event with a  traditional passing exercise.
  • While all the foreign ships left for their countries Myanmar decided to stay back till February 15 to resume the joint patrol exercise with the Indian Navy.
  • Six Indian ships to feature in the event are INS Saryu, INS Kesari, INS Investigator, INS Battimalv, INS Baratang and INS Bangaram


  • India, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.


  • Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles, Philippines and Cambodia.
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