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Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar stresses collaboration with like-minded nations

Warships and high-level delegations representing navies from 40 countries are taking part in Milan-2022, the Indian Navy’s nine-day multilateral exercises, which got under way on February 25 in Visakhapatnam.

Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on Sunday said the Indian Navy’s intention is to make a contribution to freer and more open oceans by collaborating with like-minded nations,  a report in The Tribune, Chandigarh, says.

“Prosperity, security and growth for all, can be accomplished only by collaborating,” he said speaking at an international seminar ‘Harnessing collective maritime competence through collaboration’, at the Milan-2022, a multi-nation naval exercise at Vishakapatnam.

“Volatility and complexities have become characteristic of the world that navies operate in. Collaboration must be evolved through mutual understanding and respect. Oceans are our common heritage, as well as destiny. Navies and maritime security forces have a key role to play, to ensure safety, security and stability at sea,” the Admiral said.

The theme of Milan-2022 is ‘Camaraderie – Cohesion – Collaboration’ which aims to project India as a responsible maritime power to the world at large. 

The Indian Navy’s might and the rich cultural diversity of the country were on grand display at the International City Parade on the picturesque Beach Road in Vishakhapatnam here on Sunday evening. The parade was part of the ongoing 11th Multilateral Maritime Exercises. 

Warships and high-level delegations representing navies from 40 countries are taking part in Milan-2022, the Indian Navy’s nine-day multilateral exercises, which got under way on February 25 in Visakhapatnam.

The event is being held in two phases – the harbour phase from February 25 to 28 and the sea phase from March 1 to 4. 

In the second phase, the focus is on exercises at sea, including exercises in surface, sub-surface and air domains and weapon firings. Operational conferences and seminars are also being conducted, providing participating navies and their delegations an opportunity to express their views on maritime security. 

On February 25, the P-8A, the United States Navy’s Boeing multi-mission maritime patrol, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, landed at the Indian Naval Ship Dega.

The Milan naval exercises were first held in 1995, with the participation of Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand at the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Command. It has since grown in terms of number of participants and complexity of exercises.

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