History of Milan

MILAN has evolved from an initiative of the Indian Navy in the early nineties which aimed to create a forum for the littoral Navies of the region to exchange thoughts in the area of maritime cooperation and ‘Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief’ (HADR).

MILAN is an effective platform for social, cultural and professional interactions and promoting camaraderie, maritime cooperation’s and inter-operability during humanitarian missions. The event is hosted in the beautiful Andaman & Nicobar Islands home to India’s unified Military Command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC).

The first MILAN was held in 1995 with five participating nations; India, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Since then the event has been held every two years except in 2001, 2005 and 2016. The fifth edition of MILAN was not held in 2005 due to the Tsunami of December 2004 ans was postponed to 2007. However seeing the pace of rehabilitation, a bold decision was taken to bring it forward and hold MILAN in January 2006 and showcase return to normalcy in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The notice was short and the mega event involved detailed planning and extensive coordination.

In furthering the necessity of humanitarian collaboration so crucial in the Tsunami of 2004, MILAN was held the very next year in January 2006 with participation from eight countries.

This was a challenge and despite all constraints, preparations were completed in time. MILAN 2006 was thus conducted from 09-14 January 2006. It involved participation from eight foreign countries, namely, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka & Thailand. This included eight ships from seven countries, 200 Officers, 802 sailors and 21 civilians (onboard MV Mahsuri of Malaysia). This was the largest ever congregation for MILAN. A special attraction was first ever participation from a ship from the Myanmar Navy in such an event outside their country. Further Milan was conducted in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.