Vice President Dhankar Inaugurates Milan 2024, Emphasizes Global Collaboration for Maritime Security

Milan 2024 fosters international cooperation and interoperability among navies, addressing evolving maritime threats and promoting collective action
VISAKHAPATNAM: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar underlined that Milan 2024 – the multinational naval exercise off the Visakhapatnam coast – is aimed at strengthening global cooperation and maritime security.
Inaugurating the Maritime Seminar organised in Visakhapatnam on Thursday, Dhankar said Milan will foster interoperability and understanding between the participating navies.
“This august assemblage of domain experts serves as a testament to the shared commitment of nations towards ensuring the much-needed maritime safety and security,” he said..

Calling for unity among "Partners across Oceans: Collaboration, Synergy and Growth,” the Vice President lauded Milan's transformation from a showcase of best practices to a crucible of deep interactions, emphasising on the urgent need for proactive collaboration in the face of disruptive technologies and evolving maritime threats.

"The contemporary relevance of Milan 2024's theme cannot be overstated," he declared, urging nations to transcend borders and navigate together.

Dhankar urged nations to come together, share experiences and develop collaborative strategies to ensure the safety, security and sustainability of the oceans. He highlighted India's initiatives like SAGAR and Indo-Pacific Oceans' Initiative (IPOI), aimed at fostering inclusivity, growth and stability in the maritime domain.

The Vice President’s concluding remarks resonated with a strong call for collective action, emphasising the interconnectedness of the oceans and India’s shared responsibility to protect and preserve them. He expressed his gratitude to all participants and looked forward to fruitful deliberations during Milan 2024.

The seminar featured presentations and discussions by speakers from 12 nations, delving into critical topics like economic growth, maritime security, climate change, and sustainable development. Renowned personalities, including Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Hari Kumar and naval chiefs from friendly countries graced the event, underscoring its importance.

Former CNS Admiral R.K. Dhowan, echoing the Vice President's message, reiterated the interconnectedness of oceans and the shared responsibility towards protecting them. He emphasised India's commitment to initiatives like SAGAR and IPOI, aimed at promoting sustainable maritime practices and regional stability.

Over the coming days, delegates of Milan 2024 will engage in discussions and exchanges, leveraging collective expertise to tackle emerging maritime challenges, including cyber security, piracy and illegal fishing. This collaborative spirit promises to forge a stronger maritime future, ensuring the safety, security and prosperity of shared oceans.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle )
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