Admiral Nirmal Verma - Indian Navy

Aiding these broad parameters are regional initiatives, such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) launched in 2008 at New Delhi that gives the navies of the Indian Ocean region a common platform to discuss their problems and arrive at solutions. I am happy to share with Proceedings' readers that the IONS initiative has gathered pace, and the next meeting will be held at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. We believe that IONS will continue to grow as a viable forum to address the multifarious issues that afflict the Indian Ocean and will further strengthen the concepts of cooperative efforts that would ameliorate the high operating costs and resources required for countering the maritime challenges we face.

In the next two decades the Indian Navy is poised for accelerated growth that will give us a three-carrier navy supported by specialized platforms, an appreciable amphibious component, and sea lines of communication protection ships structured to address the challenges outlined here. We hope to further strengthen our cooperation with other navies in support of our common aim of ensuring good order at sea.


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