Royal Canadian Navy to host major international naval conference

Navy News / May 11, 2016

By Maj Hope Carr, Joint Task Force Atlantic Public Affairs

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will welcome the naval leadership of 14 nations when it hosts the Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC) in Halifax from June 12th to the 17th.  This international forum was established in 1959 and is held every two years to improve cooperation and dialogue among the navies of the Americas. Representatives of the Inter-American Defence Board and the Inter-American Naval Telecommunications Network are also poised to take part in this year’s event.

“The RCN appreciates the importance that the Government of Canada places on relationship-building in the Americas,” said Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. “The IANC is a valuable mechanism to discuss global maritime issues, exchange ideas and find ways for our navies to work together better in what amount to a massive operating environment.”

Delegates from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Uruguay are expected to attend. 

Many of the countries demonstrate their commitment to hemispheric maritime security by contributing naval assets to counternarcotic operations in the Caribbean Sea and eastern Pacific Ocean. This multinational, joint, combined and interagency effort was successful in seizing 18.5 metric tons of cocaine and three tons of marijuana in 2015. Canada’s contribution to this effort, called Operation CARIBBE, is now in its tenth year of recurring, and near continuous deployments to the region to work with our partners.

“We look forward to hosting the conference and continuing our work with other IANC nations,” said Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic. “There’s no better backdrop than Halifax, with its rich maritime heritage, to hold these discussions and further our nations’ mutual maritime security interests.”