Sri Lanka Navy to host Indian Ocean Naval Symposium tomorrow

Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy will host a two-day workshop beginning tomorrow on the operational issues in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The workshop is expected to enhance Maritime Security and Freedom of the Sea.

Representatives from 14 countries are expected to participate in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) to be held under the theme of “Enhancing Operational Efficiency through Sharing of Information and Coordination” at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo from 28th to 29th February 2012.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to raise issues relevant to Maritime Domain Awareness and sharing of information with a view to achieve better coordination and enhance the operational capability of all entities involved in Maritime Security Operations in the Indian Ocean region, the Navy said.

According to the Sri Lanka Navy, IONS is a regional forum that allows the e Chiefs-of-Navy of all the coastal states of the IOR can periodically meet to constructively engage one another through the creation and promotion of regionally relevant mechanisms, events and activities.

The workshop will allow discussions and to make recommendation for the enhancement of Domain Awareness and information sharing to overcome the operational limitations of everyone involved in day to day management of maritime security of the member nations.

The IONS was launched in 2008 as a regional maritime security initiative in recognition of the centrality of ‘Constructive Engagement’ as the primary means of achieving and assuring mutually beneficial maritime security, stability, safety, and consequent collective prosperity amongst all littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

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