The International Maritime Conference, ‘Galle Dialogue 2019’, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the patronage of the Ministry of Defence, held in the commercial capital of Colombo, on 21st – 22nd October 2019. The State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Local and foreign scholars and experts in naval and maritime affairs representing 55 countries including Indonesia, along with 12 international organizations and 03 Defence Industries were taking part in this year’s conference.

The opening remarks were made by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva. The State Minister of Defence delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session. A group of high ranking naval officers both local and foreign including Republic of Indonesia, world-wide defence partners, security experts, analysts and representatives of international organizations presented their academic papers for discussion at the conference held under the theme of “Refining mindset to address transnational maritime threats; A review of the decade”, as follows;

‘Indian Navy’s Commitment to Safeguard Security Status of the Indian Ocean; An Analysis of the last 10 years of Commitments in Indian Ocean Against Transnational Crimes, Drugs and Narcotics’ By Vice Admiral MS Pawar Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy.

‘Upholding the Concept of Maritime Community with a Shared Future Opening a New Chapter in Maritime Security Cooperation’ By Rear Admiral Hu Zhongming Deputy Chief of Staff, Chinese PLA Navy.

‘The Role of Navy in Maintaining Maritime Security’ By Rear Admiral Oleg V. Àpishev Deputy Chief of Main Staff, Russian Federation Navy.

‘Building of Maritime Cooperation for Collaboration for Better Security; An Analysis of the last 10 years of United States Navy Deployments in Indian Ocean’ By Rear Admiral W. Grant Mager Reserve Director, Maritime Operations, United States Pacific Fleet.

‘Developments in the Indian Ocean Strategic Environment: Planning for a Multipolar Region’ By Dr. David Brewster Senior Research Fellow with the National Security College, Australian National University.

‘Shipping Economy in Indian Ocean: An Analysis of Japanese Naval Deployment in the Indian Ocean to Secure the Interests of Shipping based Economies’ By Rear Admiral Akira Saito Director General, Operations and Plans Department (N3/N5), Maritime Staff Office, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF).



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