IONS 2016 will kick off in Dhaka next January

Bangladesh Navy will host the 5th biennial assembly of IONS, IONS 2016 as premier event of BN chairmanship. The Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral M Farid Habib will assume the chairmanship for 2016-18 with this event.


Bangladesh Navy has invited 39 countries’ chiefs of navies/head of lead Maritime Security Agencies with their delegation around the world including all members, observers and observer applicants of IONS. The events will include a seminar over first two days, and the third dayis set aside for the Conclave of Chiefs for IONS member and observer nations. There are befitting social events and programs also planned for the attending guests.Hon’ble Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will inaugurate the IONS 2016.


IONS 2016 seminar has been premised on fostering partnership for maritime cooperative engagements by the littorals of Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The IONS 2016 will explore the broad theme of ‘Fostering Partnership in IOR: Charting Course for Maritime Cooperative Engagement’ which is intended to delve into the gamut of the common challenges faced by the IOR littorals, leading to the cooperation mechanisms capitalizing the IONS forum.