Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Chief of Navy, was in Bangladesh recently to hand over Chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) to Admiral Habib, Chief of Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy.
The Royal Australian Navy has held the Chairmanship of the Symposium since March 2014.
The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium consists of 23 member nations from the Indian Ocean rim and seven observer nations, all of whom have a strategic interest in the Indian Ocean region.
"It has been a great opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy to Chair the Indian Ocean Navy Symposium for the last two years," Vice Admiral Barrett said.
"Since the milestone endorsement of the Charter of Business in Perth in 2014, much as been accomplished."
During the Royal Australian Navy's tenure as Chair, three working groups have been established to produce practical outcomes on counter-piracy, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. These groups have also had a strong focus on improving information sharing and interoperability between regional navies.
More than 30 navies were represented at the Symposium with the event focusing on fostering partnership in the Indian Ocean Region. It's a fitting theme as as the Symposium's fundamental principle is to be inclusive, consultative and cooperative with each other.
In keeping with the theme of the Symposium, Vice Admiral Barrett was invited to share some of the Royal Australian Navy's lessons learned during recent search and rescue operations in the Indian Ocean.
Vice Admiral Barrett's presentation focused on the Navy's invaluable experience in responding to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.