On December 9, many of the region’s top naval chiefs will descend on Abu Dhabi to discuss the prevalent threat of maritime insecurity in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the top commanders at the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) Middle East Conference include the new Chief of Naval Staff of the Egyptian Navy Vice Admiral Osama El-Gendi and the Chief of Naval Staff of Kuwait Rear Admiral Jassim Al Ansari.

Rear Admiral Ahmed Al Sabab Al Teneiji, the former Chief of Naval Staff of the UAE, and Chairman of this important conference, stated, “The OPV Middle East conference occurs every year for several important reasons: firstly we want to identify the major threats to the region from the maritime domain, secondly we share ideas of how to overcome operational challenges we face at sea, finally it is an opportunity for the maritime defence community to meet and find new technological solutions which our navies can adopt.”

Like last year, one of the sessions will be led by the Commander of the US Navy based in the region, Vice Admiral John W. Miller; in charge of the 5th fleet based in Bahrain, he has overall command of one of the largest fleets of any nation worldwide. […]