From Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

Naval officers from eight countries joined U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) members at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Monday for the Specialized Inter-American Naval Conference on Naval Control of Shipping (SIANC-NCS). 

The conference is an off-set of the bi-annual Inter-American Naval Conferences (IANC), usually held at rotating host nations.

This year marks the first time in more than 12 Years the U.S. has hosted the conference, which first convened in 1959. NAS Jacksonville was selected due to its importance to the U.S. Navy, waterway shipping, and all that it offers as a destination conference city. 

The conference underscores the U.S. Navy's position as a key contributor to inter-American shipping as well as the value the Navy places on its productive maritime partnerships.

The week-long conference will focus on the sharing of knowledge, the exchange of ideas, and the development of insights among each country's navy towards greater hemispheric solidarity. In addition to the U.S., navies represented include those of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. As part of the conference agenda, each country is scheduled to deliver a presentation focused on this year's theme "Exchanging Information to Strengthen Partnerships".

Rear Adm. Chris Sadler, USFFC Reserve Deputy Director of Maritime Operations and Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander Navy Region Southeast, will serve as the senior U.S. Navy representatives.