Notice an additional military or police presence in Newport this week?
There is a good reason for this.
More than 140 delegates, including the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and heads of international navies and coast guards from more than 100 countries, are attending the International Maritime Power Symposium at the US Naval War College this week (September 14-17) .
The following story was provided by the Chief of Naval Operations;
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday welcomes more than 140 delegates, including the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and international heads of the Marines and Coast Guards of over 100 nations, to the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 14 -17 , for the 24th International Seapower Symposium.
“Peace doesn’t come by accident,” Gilday said. “That’s why we sail with like-minded navies around the world to keep the seas open and free. Together, we ensure access to maritime commons and ensure security, stability and prosperity for all. Cooperation, when applied with naval power, promotes freedom and peace, and prevents intimidation and aggression. It also breeds confidence, which is something you cannot increase. “
First held in Newport in 1969 and every two years thereafter, the International Seapower Symposium provides a forum for dialogue between international navies and coast guards to enhance maritime security by providing naval chiefs and the international coastguards have the opportunity to collaborate, build trust and deepen the navy. naval training.
“Meeting and working with our allied and partner countries to protect our mutual interests and support the open and rules-based international system continues to be an important and urgent challenge,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro. “Through conferences like the ISS, we build trust and strengthen cooperation to ensure our commitment to a more prosperous global economy and collective security. I look forward to dialogue and collaboration with my colleagues this week as we continue to strengthen our unity. “
Previous International Maritime Power Symposia have strengthened cooperation between Allied and Partner navies to combat arms, drug and human trafficking, provide disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, coordinate research and rescue at sea, as well as countering violations of piracy, fishing and pollution.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Strength in Unity” and will provide opportunities for future international cooperation and collaboration.
US Naval War College President Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield said the USNWC is a great place for naval chiefs and international coast guards to come together and collaborate with maritime academics.
“In this era of long-term competition, we continue to learn new ways to build and strengthen relationships with our key allies and international partners. Chatfield said. “I am honored to help host this important biennial event where so many international maritime leaders come together to discuss the conditions that contribute to the security of our seas and the vital flow of global commerce and communications that underpin economic prosperity. of all our countries. “