Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)
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Context: The 7th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by French Navy at Paris.
- It facilitates a greater degree of maritime cooperation and understanding between the IONS nations.
- It was conceived by the Indian Navy in 2008.
- It act as a forum which seeks to enhance maritime co-operation among Navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive platform for discussions on regionally relevant maritime issues that would lead to common understanding on the way ahead.
- The inaugural edition of IONS was held in Feb 2008 at New Delhi, with Indian Navy as the Chair for two years.
- The IONS Chair is presently held with France.