24th International Seapower Symposium Concludes in Newport

17 September 2021
The 24th International Seapower Symposium concluded today at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

A group of people sit posed for a photo on a deck with flags streaming from the banister and the Pell Bridge in the background.
24th International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-TR763-2039 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) International delegates, including the U.S Secretary of the Navy and heads of navies and coast guards pose for a photo during the 24th International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 24th International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-TR763-2039 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) International delegates, including the U.S Secretary of the Navy and heads of navies and coast guards pose for a photo during the 24th International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown/Released)
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro delivers remarks during the International Seapower Symposium.
210915-N-TR763-1238 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro delivers remarks during the International Seapower Symposium. Hosted by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, the International Seapower Symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210915-N-TR763-1238 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro delivers remarks during the International Seapower Symposium. Hosted by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, the International Seapower Symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown)
A man in a uniform speaks while he stands behind a podium that reads "U.S. Naval War College" with a banner that reads 2021 International Seapower Symposium.
International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-TR763-1079 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks during an event at the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the CNO, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-TR763-1079 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday gives remarks during an event at the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the CNO, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown/Released)
A woman in uniform speaks and stands next to a man in a suit behind a podium that reads "U.S. Naval War College."
International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-TR763-1042 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Rear Adm. Shoshana S. Chatfield, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) gives remarks during an event at the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-TR763-1042 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Rear Adm. Shoshana S. Chatfield, president, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) gives remarks during an event at the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Brown/Released)
A woman wearing a blue face mask in a red blazer address a crowd in an auditorium, while another woman in uniform stands behind a podium. A banner in the background reads "International Seapower Symposium."
International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-BL637-1170 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Mrs. Linda Gilday, wife of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, gives remarks to delegates during the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the CNO, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Castellano/Released)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | International Seapower Symposium 210915-N-BL637-1170 NEWPORT, RI. (Sept. 15, 2021) Mrs. Linda Gilday, wife of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday, gives remarks to delegates during the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). Hosted by the CNO, ISS provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Castellano/Released)
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday speaks with international delegates during the International Seapower Symposium welcome reception.
210914-N-BL637-1730 NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 14, 2021) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday speaks with international delegates during the International Seapower Symposium welcome reception at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, R.I. Hosted by CNO, the International Seapower Symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Castellano)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210914-N-BL637-1730 NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 14, 2021) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday speaks with international delegates during the International Seapower Symposium welcome reception at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, R.I. Hosted by CNO, the International Seapower Symposium provides a forum for dialogue that bolsters maritime security by providing opportunities for international heads of navies and coast guards to collaborate, develop trust, and further maritime training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Castellano)

NEWPORT, R.I. - The 24th International Seapower Symposium (ISS) concluded today at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Held Sept. 14-17, 2021, ISS brought together heads of navies, coast guards and other senior naval leaders from more than 100 nations to discuss cooperative strategies for maritime security.

“Providing a safe, secure, and stable maritime system is an imperative to all of mankind, and it is an essential part of what our navies do every day,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday. “I believe that robust, resilient, and responsible sea power is an international consortium of like-minded nations. We are the primary guarantors of peace, prosperity, and the open flow of goods along the oceans. Our navies provide these benefits to the citizens we serve every day in peacetime and especially during these times of competition - not just in rare moments of conflict.”

This year’s ISS theme was “Strength in Unity,” and keynote speakers included author Simon Sinek, and Rear Adm. (Ret.) David Titley, national academies climate communications initiative committee chairman. Panel sessions also included discussions on COVID-19; international security implications of climate change; security in the arctic; seapower in the information age; and mental health and spiritual readiness. 

The 57th President of the U.S. Naval War College, Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, said it was an honor and privilege to welcome all of the visiting heads of navies and coast guards.

“This was a wonderful experience for all of the men and women here at the NWC and for these maritime leaders coming together to discuss items of great concern to them,” said Chatfield.

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