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The second edition of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS 1. 2010) was held at Abu Dhabi from 09 to 12 May 10. The event also marked the handing over of the Chairmanship of the ‘IONS’ from South Asia, India, to the Middle East, UAE, where the Commander of the United Arabs Emirates Navy (UAE Navy) assumed the Chair for the period 2010 – 2012. The event was conducted on an invitation extended to all Naval Chiefs of the 35 littorals from the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) by the Commander of the UAE Navy. Of the invitees, 20 navies were represented by their Chiefs, 05 countries had deputed their Deputy/Vice Chief equivalents and Pakistan was represented by their local Defence Adviser.