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Indian Navy postpones 40-nation 'Milan 2020' exercise over Coronavirus fear

The Milan naval exercise was scheduled to be held from March 18-28 and over 40 countries were expected to participate in the exercise

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Tuesday postponed a multi-nation mega naval exercise 'Milan 2020' which was scheduled to be held off the coast of Visakhapatnam as part of precautionary measures against infection.

The Milan naval exercise was scheduled to be held from March 18-28 and over 40 countries were expected to participate in the exercise.

The exercise has been postponed taking into consideration the "safety of all participants and travel restrictions imposed due to the spread of COVID-19", officials said.

The Milan 2020 had generated a very enthusiastic response, with Navies around the world having expressed desire to participate, they said, adding the looks forward to schedule the exercise at a later convenient date.

The would like to wholeheartedly thank the numerous navies from near and far for having accepted invitation to participate in the exercise, as also for the unstinted support provided in the run-up to this event, the officials said.

First Published: Tue, March 03 2020. 20:30 IST
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