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Royal Australian Navy Chairs Indian Ocean Symposium

IONS: Photo credit RAN

The Royal Australian Navy is currently chairing the group of world navies whose nations share boundaries with the Indian Ocean at he biennial Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) which was established in 2008 as a forum to increase maritime cooperation among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, was handed Chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium group by Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) Sagaren L Pillay SM, MMM representing the former chair, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Samuel Hlongwane of the South African Navy, at the opening in Perth, Western Australia. IONS 2014 was officially opened by the Senator the Honourable Michaela Cash, who delivered the keynote address. Over the next three days, the participating navies will discuss issues affecting the Indian Ocean, with a specific emphasis on protecting the ability to trade in the Indian Ocean maritime economy.   “The Indian Ocean is one of the most strategically important bodies of water in the world, specifically with regard to trade. Security and stability in the Indian Ocean is vital to Australia’s economy and our way of life,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.   “Security in the Indian Ocean is a responsibility shared between all of the nations that have a maritime border on this strategically important body of water. Bringing all of these nations together to work in partnership is about working smarter to achieve our mission


India Intends To Become Significant Maritime Player

India’s defense minister declared the country’s intention to be able to project maritime force throughout the Indian Ocean, underscoring the shift toward a littoral-warfare capability. About 40 percent of the world’s sea traffic passes through the Malacca Strait between Malaysia and Indonesia, including ships carrying oil from the Persian Gulf. Indian military strategists are concentrating on protecting the approaches to these sea lanes


Australia Bolsters SAR in Indian Ocean Region

AMSA leading program to strengthen search and rescue capabilities in Indian Ocean region   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it has commenced its Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Partnership Program this week with counterpart agencies in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius.   This program is being delivered as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Government Partnerships for Development program


Global IP Extends Mobility Offering with Intelsat

Global IP to introduce Ku-band maritime services to oil, gas and energy customers across the vast Indian Ocean region. Intelsat S.A., a  provider of satellite services, announced today that Spain-based Global IP, a provider of satellite communications for maritime, energy and corporate customers, has signed multi-year agreements allowing it to provide broadband service to its maritime customers in the Indian Ocean region


Navy Seizes Suspected Pirate Ship

The Norfolk, Va.-based USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) seized a suspected pirate ship 87 km (54 nm) off the coast of Somalia. The Navy says the vessel stopped 54 miles off the coast of Somalia after the Churchill fired warning shots. U-S sailors boarded the ship and confiscated small arms. The ship (a dhow) is suspected of having fired on a merchant vessel passing off the coast of Somalia. There were 16 Indians and 10 Somalis aboard the dhow, along with various small arms


US Keen in Maritime Cooperation with India

Malabar 2014 : A Multilateral Naval exercise(Photo: Indian Navy)

 The US is keen in exploring great opportunities for co-operation on maritime issues with India, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations told members of the House Committee on Appropriations during a hearing, says a report by PTI.   Great opportunity has emerged after the bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, he said.   Analysts pointed out that Both India and the United States will gain extra leverage against China


India-US “New Vision” for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Pic: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 India and the USA on Sunday released a Joint Strategic Vision statement for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region, marking the deepening strategic equation between the two nations.  The partnership is expected to cover a wide sphere of influence that would extend from Africa to the far reaches of East Asia.   The statement, which is likely to irk China, reaffirms both India and America's concerns on maritime disputes in the South China seas


TSS Extends High-Speed On Demand Maritime Service

Telenor Satellite Services (TSS) now offers high-speed 128 kbps maritime satellite communications service globally. Telenor has added Pacific Ocean coverage to its existing Fleet F77 128 kbps service in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions. The service is terminated at the company’s Pacific Ocean teleport in Santa Paula, California.


Shipping Bodies Raise Alarm as Pirates Take Ransom

The International Chamber of Shipping, ITF, Indian National Shipowners’ Association, NUSI, MUI, IMEC, InterManager, Intertanko and BIMCO deplore the latest development in the Indian Ocean piracy crisis as some Indian crew members of a released merchant ship are retained ashore in Somalia. The Asphalt Venture, a 1991 built asphalt/bitumen tanker was hijacked by Somali pirates on September 28th 2010 and, following a ransom payment, the ship was released on April 15


Register Before Transiting High Risk Area

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising masters of ships transiting or operating in the High Risk Area for piracy attacks in the West Indian Ocean to register with both the UK Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) and the Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA).  It also notes that the Vessel Movement Registration process with the MSCHOA has recently been amended to include an entry boundary to the North of the High Risk Area (23°N)


Research Vessel Gets 20-year Life Extension

Photo: Damen

French scientific research vessel to be completely renovated in life extension project   French research vessel, Marion Dufresne II arrived at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on March 14 for a project that aims to extend her life by a further 20 years. The work will span a total of four months


China to Link Maritime Silk Road with India's 'Mausam'

Map: PIB

 China has expressed its readiness to work with India to link its ambitious Maritime Silk Road plans with India's 'Mausam' project in a bid to address New Delhi's strategic concerns and derive "common benefits", reports PTI.  


Going Nuclear in Indian Ocean

Map by Clingendael Institute

 As India, Pakistan and perhaps China develop their naval nuclear forces, they will enter increasingly murky waters, says a report published in the National Interest.   These countries will likely deploy a significant number of nuclear weapons at sea in the Indian Ocean


Japan, U.S. Look to Expand Naval Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Tokyo to come to the aid of an ally under attack will pave the way for closer cooperation between U.S. and Japanese forces across Asia, a top U.S. commander said on Tuesday. Expanded training and joint missions could extend from Japan through


India, Japan Reaffirm Strong Maritime Ties

Indian Union Minister for Defence, Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in Japan. Courtesy: Photo Division, PIB

 India and Japan have discussed a specialized 24-nation maritime construct to enable real-time sharing of data of all shipping including merchant and naval warships, operating in the Indian Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean and disputed waters of the South China Sea.  


China Unveils Action Plan on Maritime Silk Road

Map by National Development and Reform Commission

 China has unveiled the principles, framework, and cooperation priorities and mechanisms in its Maritime Silk Road initiative in a bid to enhance regional connectivity and embrace a brighter future together.   The plan consists two segments - One is centered on the Asian land mass and


China Maritime Silk Road to Touch India for Namesake

 Pic: The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives, also known as One Belt, One Road

 Chinese officials on Saturday fleshed out some details for the country's ambitious 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project in its “one belt, one road,” action plan.   Though the plan released by China’s economic planning agency and the commerce and foreign


India May Add Japanese Soryu-Class Submarines to its Fleet

Japanese Submarines:  The Council of the City of Sydney

 India is reportedly considering a project to incorporate six Japanese Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines into its fleet, says The Japan Times.   The Defense Minister of India Manohar Parrikar has expressed his readiness to consider acquiring Soryu-class diesel-electric submarines


Is China Building a Naval Base in Africa?

Image: The China Africa Project

 Recently, The Namibian reported the existence of a "confidential letter from Namibia's ambassador to China, Ringo Abed, to Namibia's foreign minister stating that 'a Chinese delegation will visit Namibia ... for discussions ... on the way forward regarding plans for the proposed naval


Kenya Ready to Start Work at Northern Port

Kenya is ready to begin work on the first three berths at a long-delayed port on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his annual State of the Nation address on Thursday. The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project


South East Asia Shipping Piracy Hotspot

Image:  Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)

 Piracy attacks in South East Asian waters are up year-on-year, as are incidents in the Indian subcontinent, with Bangladesh a new hotspot, reveals Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015.  


India to Promote Indian Ocean Rim and Coastal Tourism

Photo by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

 The government of India will focus more on promoting the coastal tourism circuit and Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) tourism.   Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation stressed the importance of developing


Somali Pirates Shifting Towards India

Pic: Manohar Parrikars Facebook Page

 Somali pirates, after being neutralized by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, says Indian Defence minister Manohar Parrikar.   Because their (shipping) lanes are heavily guarded


Odisha wants to be a Maritime Gateway of India

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurate international Conference on India and Indian Ocean at Bhubaneswar. (Photo Courtesy: Ashok Panda, Odisha Diary)

 Odisha has the opportunity to reclaim its trade and cultural relations with nations in the Indian Ocean Region. The state can become the maritime gateway of India once again, said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.   Recollecting the rich trade practice of Kalinga merchants


Singapore Wants India to Play Key Role in South China Sea

Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, General (GEN) Bikram Singh and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (Photo: Government of Singapore)

 Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said that his country wants India to play a bigger role in the South China Sea, according to a report in the Bloomberg.   This statement comes in a time when China generating plenty of anxiety from the other nations in the neighborhood as it isn't






 
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