Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) – 8th Conclave of Chiefs (CoC)

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) – 8th Conclave of Chiefs (CoC)


The Royal Thai Navy hosted the 8th edition of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs (CoC) in Bangkok, Thailand, spanning from December 19 to 22, 2023.


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Main highlights:

  • Chiefs of Navies and Senior Delegates from 27 Member and Observer countries actively participated in the event.
  • Leading a three-member naval delegation, the Chief of Naval Staff for India, Admiral R Hari Kumar, played a significant role in the proceedings.
  • In a noteworthy development, the Flag designed by India was chosen as the official IONS Flag.
  • India assumed the co-chair role for IONS Working Groups on Maritime Security and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) for the upcoming cycle.
  • The Navy of the Republic of Korea was welcomed as an ‘Observer,’ bringing the total strength of IONS to 34 (25 Members and 9 Observers).
  • IONS, conceptualized by the Indian Navy in 2008, serves as a forum fostering maritime cooperation among Navies in the Indian Ocean Region. It provides an open and inclusive platform for discussions on pertinent maritime issues, contributing to a shared understanding for future collaborative endeavors.