INITIAL PLANNING CONFERENCE (IPC) OF IMMSAREX 2017 HELD AT DHAKA

IONS Multilateral Maritime Search & Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) 2017; first ever sea based exercise under the banner of IONS is going to be conducted in November 2017 under the arrangement of Bangladesh Navy with participation of Indian Ocean Littorals. For the smooth conduct of upcoming Sea Exercise an Initial Planning Conference (IPC) is being held in Dhaka from 11-13 September 2017. It was participated by representatives from 14 IONS Nations including Bangladesh, Australia, France, China, India, Oman, UAE and Russia. Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) Rear Admiral M Makbul Hossain, (TAS), OSP, BCGMS, ndu, psc has inaugurated the event.

A workshop on “Maritime Search and Rescue” was also conducted on 12 September 2017 to set the tone of upcoming exercise where speakers from Australia, India and Bangladesh delivered three presentations followed by a question & answer session. The Workshop also included a Breakaway session aimed to device an executable work plan for IOR in regards to MSAR. On following day IPC was conducted. Beside the workshop and IPC, befitting social and cultural programmes were also arranged.