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MILAN 2022- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 3: Security- Security challenges and their management in border areas.

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Why MILAN 2022 in news?

  • The latest edition of the Indian Navy’s multilateral exercise MILAN 2022 is scheduled to commence from 25 Feb 22 in the ‘City of Destiny’, Visakhapatnam.

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Key Facts about MILAN 2022

  • About: MILAN 22 is being conducted over a duration of 9 days in two phases with the harbour phase scheduled from 25 to 28 February and Sea Phase from 01 to 04 March.
  • MILAN 2022 Theme: The theme of the MILAN 2022 exercise is ‘Camaraderie – Cohesion – Collaboration’.
  • Aim: The aim of the MILAN exercise is to hone operational skills, imbibe best practices and procedures.
    • MILAN 2022 aims to enable doctrinal learning in the maritime domain, through professional interaction between friendly navies.
    • MILAN 2022 also aims to project India as a responsible maritime power to the world at large.
  • Participation: MILAN 22 will witness its largest-ever participation, with more than 40 countries sending their warships/high-level delegations.
    • The high profile foreign delegates will comprise the highest level naval leadership, agency heads, Ambassadors and equivalent.
  • Significance: India is celebrating the 75th year of its independence in 2022, and MILAN 22 provides an opportunity to commensurate this milestone with our friends and partners.
    • MILAN 2022 would be larger in ‘scope and complexity with a focus on exercises at sea including exercises in surface, sub-surface and air domains and weapon firings.

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What is MILAN Exercise?

  • About: MILAN is a biennial multilateral naval exercise incepted by the Indian Navy in 1995 at Andaman and Nicobar Command.
  • Frequency: Exercise MILAN 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 edition was rescheduled to 2006 due to the 2004 Tsunami.
    • 2020 edition of MILAN was postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19.
  • Participation of Countries: In the first edition (MILAN 1995), only four countries, viz Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the MILAN Exercise.
    • Participation increased from six regional countries to 18 countries in 2014 which included IOR littorals.
    • MILAN 22 will witness its largest-ever participation, with more than 40 countries sending their warships/high-level delegations.


Paschim Lehar (XPL-2022) Exercise

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