IONS Maritime Exercise 2022

From 26th to 30th March 2022, the maiden edition of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Maritime Exercise 2022 (IMEX-22) was conducted in the Arabian Sea and at Goa.


  • This exercise was conducted with the aim of enhancing the interoperability of the participating nations in the area of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
  • Out of the 24-member nations of IONS, 15 took part in this excise.

Phases of the exercise

This exercise comprised of a Harbour Phase that was conducted at the Mormugao port in Goa from 26th to 27th March. This was followed by a Sea Phase that was conducted at the Arabian Sea from 28th to 30th March.

Participants of this exercise

The Navies of India, Australia, France, Bangladesh, Maldives, Indonesia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Qatar, Oman, Sri Lanka, Singapore, UAE, Thailand, and the UK participated in this exercise.

The IONS HADR guidelines were validated and response mechanisms were developed under this exercise for providing HADR from the sea to the shore.  Ways for rendering assistance to ships in distress were also practiced.

About Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS)

IONS was established in 2007 and the first symposium was held in 2008. It is a forum for collaboration as well as cooperation among the navies of the Indian Ocean Region’s littoral countries. This forum promotes friendly relationships and also looks to improve maritime security.

Member States

India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Seychelles, Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Oman, France, UAE, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Eritrea, Tanzania, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, Timor Leste, and Thailand are the member of IONS.



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