New Delhi: India‘s navy will host the maritime forces chiefs of 12 Indian Ocean littoral nations at the third edition of the Goa Maritime Conclave from Nov. 7 to 9, when it will showcase the nation’s warship building prowess and the Deep Submergence Rescue Vessels for submarines.
The conclave will be hosted by the Naval War College and the event is the Indian Navy‘s outreach initiative, providing a multinational platform to harness the collective wisdom of practitioners of maritime security and the academia towards garnering outcome-oriented maritime thought, according to a Ministry of Defence statement.
This year’s Goa Maritime Conclave would build upon the working-level deliberations of the Goa Maritime Symposium held earlier in May, as the Sherpa event for the conclave.
The theme for this year’s edition of the conclave is ‘Maritime Security and Emerging Non-Traditional Threats: A Case for Proactive Role for IOR Navies‘, which has been derived keeping in mind that necessity of ‘winning everyday peace’ in the maritime domain, the statement said.
India’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh would be hosting Chiefs of Navies and Heads of Maritime Forces from 12 Indian Ocean littorals, including Bangladesh, Comoros, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
India’s Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla would be delivering the conclave address and keynote address of the event.
“With IOR becoming the focus of the 21st century strategic landscape, the Goa Maritime Conclave aims to bring together regional stakeholders and deliberate on the collaborative implementation strategies in dealing with contemporary maritime security challenges,” the statement said.
The conclave participants would benefit from interactions with eminent speakers and subject matter experts over three sessions focusing on – Leveraging Collective Maritime Competencies to Counter Emerging Non-Traditional Threats, Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Maritime Law Enforcement and Imperatives for Mitigating Emerging Non Traditional Threats in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the Indian Ocean Region.
There would also be extensive deliberations in the domains of Hydrography and Maritime Information Sharing. The participating Chiefs of Navies and Heads of Maritime Agencies would also dwell upon the significance of interoperability to effectively deal with emerging and future maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region.
As part of the conclave, visitors would also be afforded an opportunity to witness India’s indigenous shipbuilding industry at the ‘Make in India Exhibition‘ and the capabilities of Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) for submarines at the Marmugao Port Trust, Goa.
“In its third iteration, the Goa Maritime Conclave continues to strive to advance the principle of ‘Collective Responsibility‘ for ensuring safe and secure seas and sustained peace in the Indian Ocean Region,” the statement said.