Australia, ,Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Philippines, New Zealand and Thailand Navies take part
February 01, 2012: Milan 2012, the biennial congregation of littoral navies of the Asia-Pacific region is being conducted at Port Blair from February 1 to 6, 2012, wherein 14 countries are participating. The participating countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
As a curtain raiser to Milan 2012 and in order to apprise the media about the events during the Milan 2012, a press conference was held onboard INS Kesari at 1100 hrs on January 31, 2012.
During the conference, Lt General (Retd) N.C. Marwah, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) addressed the media about the importance of Milan in showcasing the Indian Navy at the international stage and allowing cultural exchange between the nations. Marwah also briefed the media about the strategic importance and role of Command in safeguarding the coast of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and EEZ. He also briefed about the various welfare activities that are being undertaken by Andaman and Nicobar Command for Islanders including medical camps, specialized medical camps, recruitment drives, environmental protection drives, helping hand by Defence Wives Welfare Association (DWWA) for various orphanages, jobs, and schooling facilities being offered to Islanders, etc.