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The 4th 'Indian Ocean Naval Symposium'

The 4th 'Indian Ocean Naval Symposium' kicks off in Perth, Australia. India, in the absence of regular navy chief after the resignation of D K Joshi, is going unrepresented at the 4 day (March 25-28) meet. And since the active navy chief Vice Admiral RK Dhowan is only a 3-star general, he is disqualified from participation.
About
The ‘Indian Ocean Naval Symposium’ (IONS) initiative aims to enhance maritime co-operation among its members by providing a common platform.
Its a biennial meeting of naval chiefs (4-star general) of all its 35 member countries.
Key Points
It was instituted in 2008 to promote cooperation among the navies of the Indian Ocean littoral states in the wake of the massive destruction caused by 2004 Tsunami.
The symposium is always chaired by the host nation.
Admiral D K Joshi has earlier resigned on moral grounds owning responsibility for the fire-accident on INS Sindhuratna submarine that claimed 2 lives.
Members
South Asia
Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka
West Asia
Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen
 East Africa
Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eriteria, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania
 South East Asia and Oceania
Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste
Previous meets
The inaugural meet was held in New Delhi (India) in 2008.
The 2nd edition: Held in Abu-Dhabi in 2010.
The 3rd edition: Hosted by South Africa in Cape Town in 2012.
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