The International Maritime Conference, “Galle Dialogue 2015”, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, got underway in the port city of Galle on 23rd and 24th November 2015, under the theme, “Secure Seas through Greater Maritime Cooperation: Challenges and Way Forward”.
The Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe graced the occasion as the chief guest and delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session. The welcome remarks were made by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. Four Naval Chiefs are among the distinguished participants that include 109 foreign delegates and 107 local counterparts.
Senior level delegation from the Russian Federation, headed by Vice Admiral OV Burtsev, Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy participated in the conference.