IONS Anniversary Celebrations Commence with Release of First Day Cover

November 13, 2018 – The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) commenced with release of the ‘Special Cover’ by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC on 13 Nov 18 at Lulu International Convention Centre, Kochi in the presence of Fisheries, Harbor Engineering and Cashew Industries Minister of Kerala, Smt Mercy Kutty Amma, the Post Master General (PMG), Northern Region, Shri Jithendra Gupta and the Commander of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi. The commemorative Special Cover of…

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Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

September 26, 2018 – In the series of meetings of IONS Working Group (IWG) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), the 3rd meeting is scheduled at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Vishakhapatnam from 27 to 28 September 2018. IONS, the 21st century’s first significant international maritime security initiative launched in February 2008, provides a forum for discussion of regional maritime issues and promotes friendly relationships among member nations. It presently has 24 members and eight observer navies. Participants from the IWG member nations including Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran,…

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Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff Visits Bangladesh

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff will be proceeding on a goodwill visit to Bangladesh from 24 to 29 Jun 18. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral defence relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. During the visit, the Chief of the Naval Staff, will hold bilateral discussions with the Chiefs of the three Armed Forces of Bangladesh and other senior officials of the Bangladesh Government and Military. The Chief of the Naval Staff is also scheduled to call on the…

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Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff visits Tehran for Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) – 2018

The 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by Iran at Tehran from 23 to 25 April 2018. The Chief of the Naval Staff is leading a four member Indian delegation for the event. The IONS was conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008. The forum seeks to enhance maritime cooperation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion on regionally relevant maritime issues that would lead to common understanding…

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Chinese Frigate Yuncheng embarks on home voyage after SAR drill

The International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) wrapped up Wednesday in waters of Bengal Bay. The Chinese PLA Navy’s guided-missile frigate Yuncheng (Hull 571) participated in the two-day exercise and headed for home on Wednesday. During the exercise, 20 naval vessels from nine countries participated respectively in the drills of search and rescue of crashed plane, rescuing merchant ship on fire, and search and rescue of missing fishing boat in groups. The Chinese frigate Yunchang participated in the drill of searching for…

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