Exercise MILAN 2024 Concludes

A grand closing ceremony was held onboard indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant

Indian Navy

Visakhapatnam / New Delhi: The sea phase of MILAN 2024 concluded on February 27, 2024. This edition of MILAN witnessed participation of 35 units including ships, submarines and aircraft.

Thirteen (13) ships and one aircraft from Friendly Foreign Countries participated in the sea phase. Indian Navy’s participation included both aircraft carriers
INS Vikramaditya and INS Vikrant, the indigenous aircraft carrier.

All units undertook a series of complex and advanced exercises in the domains of surface, sub-surface and air warfare including exercises against asymmetric threats.

Major exercises included surface firings, complex anti-air shoots, advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare exercises with Indian Navy submarines, air defence exercises against fighters, extensive operations of ship borne helicopters, and seamanship evolutions including fueling from Indian Navy tankers.

The sea phase culminated with a closing ceremony conducted in a unique manner, wherein all 35 participating units arrived at anchorage off Visakhapatnam and the Commanding Officers assembled onboard indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant for discussions.

The closing ceremony included a debrief about operational aspects of sea phase and enabled all participating navies to interact, exchange views and enhance mutual understanding and interoperability by sharing experiences and best practices.