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Nov 13, 2018

10th Anniversary of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium begins

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The tenth anniversary of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium began in Kochi on Tuesday.

The commemoration programme includes a seminar hosted by the Indian Navy on the theme SAGAR, Security and Growth for all in the Region and a Tall Ship regatta from Kochi to Muscat and back covering over 3000 nautical miles.

Speaking to newsmen at Kochi, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba said that Indian Navy will soon be operating the Information Fusion Centre for the Indian Ocean region. 

He said, it would be staffed from many countries and will analyze all inputs pertaining to maritime in the region.

He further said that the country is capable of protecting its maritime interests in Indian ocean by intensifying patrolling and other related activities. During Okhi cyclone,  the Indian Navy had done commendable work in rescuing stranded fishermen in the sea using helicopters and ships.

Twenty-six out of thirty-two member countries are participating in the event which aims to discuss maritime issues pertaining to the co-operative capacity building to deal with common security concerns in the region.

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