- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Naval leaders from around the world are meeting in Rhode Island to discuss solutions to common maritime challenges.

Friday is the last day of the 21st annual International Seapower Symposium at the U.S. Naval War College. More than 170 military officers and civilians from 113 nations are attending.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addressed the group on Wednesday, the first day of the biennial event. He told them no nation has the capacity to protect and defend the global system alone.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said international cooperation is necessary to respond to threats from maritime terrorism, transnational criminal organizations and natural disasters.

Four Navy ships docked in Newport for the week, a joint, high-speed vessel, a submarine, destroyer and an amphibious transport dock.

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