37 countries take part in Karachi's naval exercise

 

 

Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini (Supplied Photo)

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Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, the Commander of Pakistan Fleet, has on Fridayannounced the participation of 37 countries in a massive joint naval exercise in the country's port city of Karachi.

Addressing the media at the Pakistan Navy Fleet Headquarters in the capital Islamabad, Hussaini gave details of the multinational exercise AMAN-17.

“Traditionally, threats to the maritime security arise from the regional conflicts and political interests,” the Fleet commander said as the five-day event started in Karchi on Friday.

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“These new security challenges have also changed the maritime environment,” he said, adding that 'today, threats such as piracy, human smuggling and drug trafficking etc have made the security of Indian Ocean more complex'.

“In this changing scenario, maritime security challenges need to be focused collectively by the international community as no country can counter these challenges single-handedly. Therefore, to meet these growing challenges, we need cooperation and mutual trust at regional and international level,” Hussaini said.

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At the opening of the exercise, Hussaini said that multinational naval exercise AMAN 17 has been divided into two phases i.e Harbour and Sea phases.

“Harbour phase includes flag hoisting ceremony at the onset of the exercise wherein flags of all participating countries will be hoisted. This phase will be followed by visits of participants from all countries to each others’ ships, meetings of senior officers and representatives of all participating countries with Pakistani high officials, sports fixtures between teams of participating countries and cultural show to highlight their culture, International Maritime Counter Terrorism Demo, International Bands Display and above all an International Maritime Conference in which participants from various countries will present their research papers.”

“In addition, different meetings for preparation of two-day sea exercise are also included in the harbour phase,” he added.

The exercise in which 37 countries are participating, started on Friday and will continue until Tuesday in Karachi. The participating countries are Australia, Azerbaijan, Oman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Sudan, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UAE, the UK and the US. Out of 15 ships, China, the US and Russia are participating with three ships each, while one each from Turkey, Great Britain, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Australia. In addition, two P3C Orion aircraft from Japan, five helicopters (accompanying ships of eight of these countries), 11 Special Operations Forces and Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Marines teams arriving from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Great Britain and the US are also participating along with delegates from participating countries.

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