Naval Chief in US, to call for more global cooperation

New Delhi: Efforts to secure the safety of international sea lanes against piracy through greater global cooperation will be the focus of Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma`s address at a premier symposium in the US tomorrow.

"Navy Chief would address the inaugural session of the Symposium on issue of piracy and would suggest ways to deal with it. While talking about efforts made by Indian Navy in piracy infested regions, he would talk about international cooperation in this area," Navy officials said here today.

The three-day biannual `International Sea-Power Symposium-2011` will be attended by 48 countries and several important issues related to naval operations and safety and security in the sea would come up for discussion, they said. It will be held tomorrow at the Naval War College in the US. Admiral Verma is also expected to meet top officials of US Navy and other naval powers to discuss latest maritime issues.

With almost all the world`s big naval powers represented at the symposium, ISS provides an opportunity for naval leaders to meet, compare ideas and enhance trust and confidence by discussing common maritime challenges and opportunities. The objective of the symposium is to promote greater maritime security cooperation between the navies by sharing their knowhow and experiences.

Indian Navy has been instrumental in safeguarding one of the most important maritime routes passing through Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the piracy-infested region in Gulf of Aden. Indian naval vessels have been providing escort service to merchant ships passing through this area and have various successful anti-piracy operations to their credit.