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ISS bannerNEWPORT, R.I. - Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert will host the 20th International Seapower Symposium (ISS-20) Oct. 18-21 at the U.S. Naval War College.
More than 170 delegates from more than 100 countries, including many of the senior-most officers from those countries' navies, are expected to attend this biennial event. Some countries will also be represented by the head of their coast guard and the president of their Naval War College. 
This year's theme is "Security and Prosperity through Maritime Partnerships."
Greenert will give a keynote speech on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8:40 a.m., and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will address the delegates on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8:25 a.m.  The addresses will also be streamed online as live webcasts at and available afterward for viewing online through the Naval War College's website at
As part of the symposium, three panel discussions will focus on how maritime security prevents disruptions that adversely impact national, regional, and global prosperity: "Global Perspective: Challenges to Maritime Security," "Beyond MDA (maritime domain awareness): Building Responsive Partnerships," and "Maritime Security: Evolving Demands, Adaptive Partnerships."
The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, USS Independence (LCS 2), is visiting Naval Station Newport in conjunction with ISS-20.  
First held in 1969, ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history. ISS provides a forum for the world's maritime leaders to discuss common maritime challenges and to promote international maritime security cooperation. The discussions offer opportunities for future regional and international collaboration in seeking solutions to global maritime challenges.
The U.S. Naval War College established programs in 1956 and 1972 for international officers. A number of delegates who will be attending the ISS are graduates of those programs.
From Naval War College Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy

Media wishing to cover the CNO and Secretary of the Navy keynote addresses in person should contact the Naval War College Public Affairs Office at 401-841-2220 or email for registration.