Burma has sent a navy ship out of its territorial waters in an unprecedented move to participate in international maritime exercises in the Andaman Sea.
It is the first time in 40 years that a Burmese navy ship has traveled beyond its borders.
The Burmese-built warship Anawratha is docked in Port Blair, the capital of the India's Andaman and Nicobar islands.
The ship is taking part in the Milan 2006 maritime exercises, aimed at fostering closer cooperation among navies of countries in the Indian ocean region. Participants include India, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
The six-day exercise is scheduled to end on Saturday.