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Its strategic energy reserves and natural resources, the growing importance of its ports and shipping lanes, and the rise of India, Indonesia, South Africa, and other littoral nations as increasingly significant regional powers and global players are transforming the Indian Ocean into a major crossroads for multiple security, maritime policy, and governance issues. Rising flows of trade, investment, people, and ideas are linking the Indian Ocean countries to each other and to the rest of the world ever more closely. At the same time, enduring problems ranging from piracy on the high seas to weak and failing states on shore - as well as territorial disputes in the regional seas and mounting environmental pressures on coastal and marine resources - pose persistent challenges for maritime.
A look at the options for future UK maritime patrol and a possible replacement for the Nimrod. Part 1 covers challenges and requirements
Admiral Harry Harris, Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Maritime Security Challenges 2014, the 6th iteration of the MSC conference series, took place at the