The “Trinco Dialogue” Maritime Symposium is the forum host by the Junior Naval Staff College, Naval and Maritime Academy to discuss, deliberate and expand the horizon on maritime related issues for the young officers in the Sri Lanka Navy. The annual maritime symposium for the year 2013 was held on 07th January 2014 at Admiral Wasantha Karannnagoda Auditorium, Trincomalee. The theme for the forum was “Combating Maritime Disorders in Indian Ocean Region Through Collaborative and Collective Response of Regional Navies.

A large Naval audience comprising Officers in Eastern Naval Area and Officer Under Trainees of Naval and Maritime Academy attended this forum.

The “Trinco Dialogue” Maritime Symposium 2013 proceedings were begun with lighting of traditional oil lamp which preceded opening remarks by the Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy Commodore USR Perera,RSP,USP,psc. The Keynote address of the forum delivered by the Chief Guest Commander Eastern Naval Area Rear Admiral AR Amarasinghe,RSP,USP,psc. The guest speaker Professor Shantha K Hennayake, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya presented a paper on the topic of “Historical Perspective of Geo-strategic and Geopolitical Importance of Indian Ocean Region. Thereafter papers were presented by under mentioned invited officers and student officers of Junior Naval Staff College on topics as depicted.

“Contribution of SLN in Maintaining Maritime Order in IOR” LCdr IG Dharmasiri, Student Officer-JNSC
“Applicability of UNCLOS in Fighting Maritime Disorders” LCdr JMPS Jayawardane, Student Officer-JNSC
Current Maritime Security Challengers and Emerging Threats in IOR Capt. HGUD Kumara, HOTT-Naval Wing,DSCSC,Sapugaskanda
“Maritime Domain Awareness in IOR and Collective Response by Regional Navies” Lt HPK Nanayakkara, Student Officer-JNSC
“Disaster Management through Collaborative Response” Cdr SR Rupasena, DS-Naval Wing,DSCSC, Sapugaskanda
“Use of Naval Diplomacy and Maritime Security” Cdr SP Katriarachchi, Executive Officer-Naval Docyard
“An Analysis of Existing Maritime Security Initiatives in IOR and Way Ahead for Better Collective Response” LCdr KDR Weerasekara, Student Officer-JNSC