Largest Milan-2010 naval war-game at Port Blair from Feb 4

India will host the largest four-day naval wargame, Milan-2010, involving 12 nations in the Asia Pacific region from Thursday.

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2010, 19:14 PM IST

New Delhi: India will host the largest four-day
naval wargame, Milan-2010, involving 12 nations in the Asia
Pacific region from Thursday, in which means to counter terror
threats to coastal and island territories would be debated
keeping in mind the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai by LeT.

"There would be a discussion on maritime terror and the
means to counter the attacks like what happened in Mumbai
(during Milan-2010)," Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign
Cooperation and Intelligence), Rear Admiral Sudharshan
Shrikhande told reporters here today.
The seventh edition of Milan, being organised by the
Indian Navy at Port Blair once in two years since 1995, would
have nine naval ships from eight countries and representatives
from four others participating in a tabletop exercises, apart
from a passage exercise at sea and a seminar on humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief (HADR) from February 4 to
February 8.

"The amount of patrolling required for preventing the
26/11 type of attacks in other countries too is the same as in
India. So, these issues will be discussed," Shrikhande said to
a query in this regard.

Among other issues to be discussed would be illegal entry
of foreign ships into the waters of the respective countries,
just as India had experienced when a North Korean vessel
anchored off Andaman and Nicobar Islands last year and had to
be apprehended.

Naval ships from Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore (two ships), Sri Lanka and
Thailand, with representatives from Navies of Brunei,
Philippines, Vietnam and New Zealand would join the exercise.

A seminar on `Navies in Humanitarian Assistance and
Disaster Relief` would be addressed by Indian Naval Chief
Admiral Nirmal Verma and inaugurated by Andaman and Nicobar
Lieutenant Governor Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh.

India will be represented by four or five ships including
its largest Landing Ship Tank and a Fast Attack Craft in the
Australia would bring its warship HMAS Glenenelg patrol
boat for the wargame.

However, there would be no fire power demonstration
during the wargame, he said.

"Milan, which started as a small effort with
participation from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand and
Indonesia, has today grow into a 13 navies grouping in the
Asia Pacific. Only Cambodia will not be attending this time.

Indian Coast Guard too will send its ships and officers
for the exercise," he added.

"The message from the grouping is one of need for
maritime cooperation for navies to share knowledge and
expertise on their own operational circumstances and to know
each other`s operating procedures so that there can be
coordinated efforts in times of need," Shrikhande said.

He said already Indian Navy was coordinating with
Indonesia and Thailand for a structured joint patrol along
each other`s maritime borders for about two or three times a