The International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise 2017 (IMMSAREX 2017) began on 27 November 2017 in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh.
Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy, is attending the exercise, on an invitation from Bangladesh. The exercise will be held till 28 November 2017 under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).
Indian Naval Ships (INS) Ranvir, Sahyadri, Gharial and Sukanya along with one Maritime Patrol Aircraft P-8I will be participating in the exercise.
Besides, an ‘Extraordinary Conclave of Chiefs (ECoC)’ meeting of IONS will also be held on 28 November 2017. The ECoC will be focussed upon the activities being undertaken by IONS in-addition to review the progress made by three IONS Working Group (IWG)- HADR, Maritime Security and Information Exchange and Interoperability.
About Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)
• Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) was started as an initiative by Indian Navy in 2008.
• It has now grown into a formidable organisation with 23 ‘Member’ nations and ‘Nine’ observer countries.
• Bangladesh is the current Chair of IONS and is conducting the first ever operational exercise called ‘IMMSAREX’ under the IONS Charter.
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What: Began in Bangladesh
When: 27 November 2017
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