Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, is representing Australia at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) joining his counterparts to increase understanding and cooperation between navies of the Indian Ocean Region.
The symposium strengthens important military relationships by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues.
The naval chiefs of the 23 member nations, constituting those nations of the Indian Ocean rim, meet biennially with the observer nations of China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia and Spain, to discuss strategic interests in the region.
Vice Admiral Barrett said the theme for the 2018 congress is Regional Security and is focused on shared interests and recent lessons learned by each member Navy. “As increased pressures are placed on our oceans for resources, transportation and trade, the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium continues to play a positive role in the security architecture and remains a significant forum for the region,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
The chairmanship of IONS will rotate at this meeting from Bangladesh, who has held the position since 2016, to Iran.