Vietnamese Warship Participates in Joint Naval Drill in India

On February 18th, a group of 20 ships from Brigade 172 of Naval Region 3 docked in the Indian port city of Visakhapatnam. These ships have come to take part in the 12th Multilateral Naval Exercise 2024, also known as MILAN 2024. As experts in their field, they bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills to contribute to this international naval exercise.

Ship 20 of Naval Region 3’s Brigade 172 is welcomed after arriving in the Indian port city of Visakhapatnam. (Photo:

The exercise, with the theme ‘Camaraderie, Cohesion, Collaboration’, will be held in Visakhapatnam from February 19 to 27. It consists of harbor and sea phases.

During the event, which is hosted by India, the participating navies will also engage in various activities such as street parades, sightseeing, sports competitions, and cultural exchanges. The opening ceremony of MILAN 2024 is scheduled to take place on February 21.

Colonel Doan Bao Anh, Deputy Commander of Navy Region 3 and head of the Vietnamese delegation, stated that this is the third time the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) has participated in Exercise Milan in India. By participating in the exercises, the VPN aims to enhance coordination and synergy in response to maritime security challenges, while strengthening friendship, understanding, and mutual trust between the armies and navies of participating countries. This contributes to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

Participating in Exercise Milan provides an opportunity for the VPN to improve its organizational capacity, combat readiness, and mastery of weapons for soldiers operating at sea and in challenging weather conditions. According to Anh, it also allows them to gain experience in participating and organizing international events.

Prior to the exercise, the Vietnamese naval ship made a courtesy visit to Malaysia from February 8 to 11.