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Indian Navy: Milan 2024: War exercise including 50 Navies kicks off in Vizag

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The Indian Navyโ€™s largest-ever multilateral naval exercise, Milan 2024, has commenced in Vizag with an impressive lineup of warships from Indian and foreign navies participating in the Harbour Phase.

Harbour Phase Highlights

From February 19 to 23, the Harbour Phase includes an international city parade on RK Beach, a maritime seminar, a tech expo, Milan village, subject matter expert exchange, Milan of young officers, and various sporting events.

Sea Phase and Activities

During the Sea Phase from February 24 to 27, participating navies will conduct advanced air defence, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare drills. The exercises will include gunnery shoots on aerial and surface targets, manoeuvres, and underway replenishment.

Notable Participants and Events

For the first time, Vizagites will have the opportunity to see the indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, anchored off the coast of Vizag. This event marks the first time both the aircraft carriers – INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya – will be present in the city.

Dignitaries and Inauguration

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the Milan Village on February 21, while Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankar will attend the International City Parade programme on February 22.

Security Measures and Traffic Regulations

Meanwhile, city police have imposed traffic restrictions and diversions from February 20 to 22. Around 3,500 police personnel have been drafted for security and traffic regulations.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Fakkeerappa Kaginelli, stated that heavy vehicle movement will be restricted from Convent Junction to Sheela Nagar, Sheela Nagar to Convent Junction, and Convent Junction to Scindia from 7 am to 9 pm on February 21 and 22.

On Beach Road, vehicles without passes will not be allowed between the Collectorate Junction and NCB, CR Reddy Circle and NTR Statue, Beach Road via AIR Junction, and Pandimetta Junction and Novotel Junction on February 20 and 22.

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