5-DAY ‘AMAN-11’ STARTS TODAY – Naval forces of 11 states arrive in city for joint exercise | Pakistan Today

5-DAY ‘AMAN-11’ STARTS TODAY – Naval forces of 11 states arrive in city for joint exercise

KARACHI – A large-scale naval exercise is being conducted in the Arabian Sea from March 8 (today) to March 12 under the arrangements of the Pakistan Navy. Naval ships from 11 countries – including USA, UK, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia – have arrived in Karachi to participate in the multinational naval exercise AMAN-11. Maritime air platforms from Japan, Australia and USA have also arrived. Major naval forces are assembling in Pakistani waters for international maritime peace. A total of 39 countries are participating in this exercise with their naval assets. Moreover, special operations forces, explosive ordnance, disposal experts and marines teams from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China and USA are also participating.
Upon entering the city harbour, the participating ships were given a warm welcome by Pakistan Navy officers and sailors with the military bands playing their national anthems. The Chinese Navy ship received a very warm welcome upon its arrival at the harbour. A large number of Chinese people with their diplomats were present at the dockyard to greet the ships, holding flags of China and Pakistan and chanting slogans of the deep-rooted Pak-China friendship.
Talking to the media, the commanding officer of the Chinese ship said that the longstanding Sino-Pak friendship is beyond any boundaries. He expressed his gratitude for being invited to exercise with the Pakistan Navy in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. AMAN-11 is the third in line of the biennial series of exercises being conducted off Pakistan’s coast. AMAN-07 and AMAN-09 were held in March 2007 and March 2009,
respectively.



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