INDIAN OCEAN NAVAL SYMPOSIUM

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INDIAN OCEAN NAVAL SYMPOSIUM (IONS)

  • The ‘Indian Ocean Naval Symposium’ (IONS) is a voluntary initiative that seeks to increase maritime co-operation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues. In the process, it endeavours to generate a flow of information between naval professionals that would lead to common understanding and possibly cooperative solutions on the way ahead.
  • That the launch of so important a regional initiative was able to meet with such wide acceptance across the length and breadth of the Indian Ocean was in itself a unique phenomenon. There are 35 members - navies of the IONS which have been geographically grouped into the following four sub-regions:-
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  • South Asian Littorals    -   Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka
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  • West Asian Littorals     -   Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen
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  • East African Littorals  -   Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eriteria, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania
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  • South East Asian and Australian Littorals   -   Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste

 

 

 

  • The inaugural IONS-2008 was held in New Delhi, India on 14 Feb 08. CNS, Indian Navy was designated the Chairman IONS for the period 2008-10. A ‘Charter of Business’  was mutually agreed to by the Chiefs of the member-navies, which has been forwarded to all the member navies for ratification. The theme of the IONS-2008 was “Contemporary Trans-national Challenges – International Maritime Connectivities”.
  • The 2nd edition i.e. IONS-2010 was held in Abu-Dhabi from 10 to 11 May 2010, wherein the baton of IONS Chairmanship was handed over to the Commander, UAE Navy. The theme of IONS-2010 was "Together for the Reinforcement of Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean".

  • The activities of IONS include cooperative activities and mechanism like workshops, essay competitions, lectures, etc. The following activities have been held /scheduled under the aegis of IONS since inception:-

ACTIVITY

SCHEDULE

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium - 2008

Conducted by Indian Navy

14-16 Feb 2008

IONS Open Essay Competition - 2008

Topic - “Sustaining the IONS Initiative : Practical Steps

Conducted by Indian Navy

Jan 2009

Technical Workshop - 2009

Topic - “Practical Cooperative-Mechanisms for Technical-Support within the IOR”

Conducted by Sri Lanka Navy

21-23 May 2009

IONS Preparatory Workshop -  2009

(To define the agenda for Indian Ocean Naval Symposium  - 2010)

Conducted by Kenyan Navy

01-03 Oct 2009

IONS Open Essay Competition - 2009

Topic - “Cooperative EEZ Surveillance : Options and Initiatives

Conducted by South African Navy

Jan 2010

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium - 2010

Conducted by UAE Navy

10-12 May 2010

HADR Workshop - 2010

Conducted by Bangladesh Navy

11-12 Oct 2010

IONS Open Essay Competition - 2010

Topic - “ Islands And Choke Points: A Cooperative Model for Security

Conducted by South African Navy

Jan 2011

IONS Preparatory Workshop - 2011 

Conducted by Indonesian Navy

18-19 Oct 2011

Workshop on Anti-piracy Concepts - 2011

Theme – “Fostering Strategic Partnership in Managing Maritime Security”

Conducted by Indonesian Navy

18-19 Oct 2011

IONS Open Essay Competition - 2011

Topic - “Towards Enhancing Maritime Capability in the Indian Ocean Rim

Conducted by South African Navy

Jan 201

IONS Operational Workshop - 2012

Theme - “Importance of Coordinating and Sharing Resources for Efficient Maritime Operations in Indian Ocean Region”

Conducted by Sri Lanka Navy

28-29 Feb 2012

  • The 3rd edition of IONS is scheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 10 to 14 Apr 12 and the Chairmanship for the period 2012-14 would be taken over by South African Navy. The theme for IONS 2012 is Regional Maritime Security Initiatives Aimed at Reducing Modern Maritime Security Threats”.
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  • Distinguishing Features of IONS
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  •  - The IONS is a maritime security construct on similar lines as the WPNS. Whilst the WPNS is for the region of Asia-Pacific, the IONS addresses the Indian Ocean Region.
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  • -  IONS is a voluntary initiative that seeks to increase maritime co-operation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues and, in the process, endeavours to generate a flow of information between naval professionals that would lead to common understanding and possibly agreements on the way ahead. The inclusiveness of this forum means that all the principal maritime agencies of states in the IOR are members, unless they desire otherwise, thereby involving participation by almost all the littorals in the region to address cooperative maritime issues.
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  • Principal Objectives for the IONS Construct
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  •  - To promote a shared understanding of the maritime issues facing the littoral nation-states of the Indian Ocean and the formulation of a common set of strategies designed to enhance regional maritime security.
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  • -  To strengthen the capability of all littoral nation-states of the Indian Ocean to address present and anticipated challenges to maritime security and stability.
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  • - To establish and promote a variety of trans-national, maritime, cooperative-mechanisms designed to mitigate maritime-security concerns within the Indian Ocean.
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  • - To develop interoperability in terms of doctrines, procedures, organisational and logistic systems and operational processes, so as to promote the development of regional naval capacities for speedy, responsive and effective Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) throughout the Indian Ocean region.