Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)-Technical Seminar was hosted by Sri Lanka Navy last week. IONS came into existence last year at New Delhi on February 14.
It is worth noting that Sri Lanka Navy played a decisive role in bringing the war on terrorism to an end successfully.
Some interesting features of IONS – Technical Seminar are:
- Theme ‘Practical Cooperative Mechanisms for Technical Support within the Indian Ocean Region’.
- Two day seminar was conducted on May 21, 22 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.
- Inaugurated by Prime Minister Hon. Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka, the chief guest.
- Sri Lanka Navy participation
- Admiral WKJ Wasantha Karannagoda, Commander of the Navy
- Rear Admiral TSG Samarasinghe, Chief of Staff
- Rear Admiral DN Dharmaweera, Director General Engineering
- Rear Admiral PLN Obeysinghe, Director General Personnel & Training
- Rear Admiral JSK Kolombage Director General Operations
- Rear Admiral JC Hettigama, Director General Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Attended by representatives of eighteen (18) Navies of the Indian Ocean Littoral States.
- Issues discussed:
- Formulation of standards for interoperability, technical cooperation, understanding procedures between IONS countries
- Maintenance and repair methodologies being followed in IONS countries
- Leveraging logistic support within Indian Ocean Region for ships on deployment
- Harnessing ‘Information Technology’ towards shorter refits
- Privatization of repair/refit infrastructure towards attaining higher efficiency
- Performance based logistics for life-time support of ships supportable towards shorter refits within IOR
- Optimization of technical manpower onboard ships with emerging technologies
The Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weerathunga was the chief guest at the closing ceremony.
Here is one more photograph of IONS – Technical Seminar.
All the above photographs are from Sri Lanka Navy. For more photographs and information, log on to Sri Lanka Navy.
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