8th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs (CoC)
➖ Conducted by Royal Thai Navy at Bangkok, Thailand.
✔️ Flag designed by India was selected as the IONS Flag.
➖ India also took over as the co-Chair of IONS Working Groups on Maritime Security and HADR for the forthcoming cycle.
➖ Republic of Korea Navy was welcomed by the Conclave as the latest ‘Observer’, raising the collective strength of IONS to 34 (25 Members & 09 Observers).
➖ IONS was conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008 as a forum which seeks to enhance maritime cooperation among Navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive platform for discussions on regionally relevant maritime issues that would lead to common understanding on the way ahead.
➖ The inaugural edition of IONS was held in Feb 2008 at New Delhi, with Indian Navy as the Chair for two years (2008 – 2010).
🔺 India is also scheduled to take over as the Chair of IONS (2025-27) during 9th CoC planned to be conducted in India in end 2025.