KARACHI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza on Sunday said that naval exercise AMAN-21 would promote regional cooperation and stability, greater interoperability, and a united resolve against terrorism and crimes in the maritime domain.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Nadeem Raza witnessed the conduct of the maritime counter-terrorism demonstration as part of naval exercise AMAN-21. He lauded the professionalism of participants and appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Navy in conducting the multinational exercise in a befitting manner, the ISPR added.
“AMAN-21 successfully exhibits efforts made by Pakistan in line with our vision for regional peace and stability,” the ISPR quoted the CJCSC as saying.
The chairman JCSC also witnessed an international band display by navies from different countries. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi was also present on the occasion.
During Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-21, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Niazi was called on by Royal Jordanian Naval Force Commander Col Hisham Khaleel Mubarak Aljarrah, Djibouti Coast Guard Commander Col Waiss Omar Bogoreh, Russian Navy HQ Deputy Chief Rear Admiral Oleg Apishev, Sri Lankan Fleet Flag Officer Commanding Rear Admiral YMGB Jayathilake and US NAVCENT Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Curt Renshaw.
In addition, chief of the naval staff was also called on by RSNF Eastern Fleet Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Ahmed Bin Mohammad, Brazilian Surface Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Rogerio Da Rocha, in separate meetings.
Matters of defence collaborations and maritime security dynamics were discussed during the interactions. The naval chief thanked the dignitaries for participation in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-21 to enhance the collaborative efforts for peace and maritime security.
An impressive International Bands Display was presented by bands of the participating countries of Aman 21, aiming to connect the countries through cultural legacies. The military bands from Sri Lanka, Tri-Services of Pakistan, Sindh Rangers and Coast Guard played traditional and military tunes. The fascinating melodies were appreciated by the audience.
Besides, an enthralling special rifle drill by Pakistan Marine was also a part of the event displaying excellent performance of spins and expert manoeuvres.
Additionally, the counter-terrorism demonstration was another forceful display of strength and specialized skills by Special Operations Forces to counter acts of maritime terrorism, refine special operating procedures, exchange of professional expertise and to enhance interoperability with participating SOF teams.
‘TROOPS BUSY PRACTISING ALL-ROUND DEFENCE, SURVIVAL IN DESERT’:
Meanwhile, the troops of Pakistan Army’s Karachi Corps, during the ongoing exercise “Jidar-ul-Hadeed” in Thar Desert, were busy practising coordinated all-round defence and survival under challenging conditions.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday that the field exercise that commenced on 28 January has focused on enhancing operational preparedness, synergy amongst various components of forces and effective response measures under actual battlefield environment.
A day earlier, the ISPR said the troops of Pakistan Army’s Karachi Corps were practising in tactical drills and procedures as part of exercise “Jidar-ul-Hadeed” in Thar Desert. The military’s media wing said the four-week long defensive manoeuvre exercise is aimed at validating the concept of defence in deserts.
“The exercise is being conducted in extreme desert conditions, 74 kilometres ahead of Chhor, under conventional operations setting,” read the statement.
Earlier on Tuesday last, the opening ceremony of Pakistan-Turkish joint military exercise “Ataturk-XI” was held at the Special Service Headquarters, Tarbela. Turkish forces and SSG troops are participating in three-week long joint exercise.
The joint military exercise will further strengthen the bond of two brotherly nations and help in adapting the emerging trends in military modernisation and cooperation.
Pakistan and Turkey have increased defence and military cooperation in recent years. In July 2018, Pakistan had signed an agreement with Turkish contractor ASFAT for acquisition of four Turkish-built MILGEM corvettes.