Date of Issue: 11.01.2016
Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) organized by Bangladesh Navy - January 10 - 13, 2016
The 'Indian Ocean Naval Symposium' (IONS) is a voluntary initiative that seeks to increase maritime cooperation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues. In the process, it endeavors to generate a flow of information between naval professionals that would lead to common understanding and possibly cooperative solutions on the way ahead.
There are 35 members - navies of the IONS which have been geographically grouped into the following four sub-regions:
South Asian Littorals - Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka
West Asian Littorals - Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen
East African Littorals - Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eriteria, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania
South East Asian and Australian Littorals - Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste
Thanks to my friend Mr. Ataul Qadir Rubaiyat for this cover.