'Aman-17' naval exercise kicks off in Karachi

Multinational naval exercise "Aman 2017" organised by Pakistan Army has been kicked off in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi here on today (Friday). Mariners from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate in the maneuvers.

Commander of the Pakistani Fleet, Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini said the exercise has helped navies to work together in eradicating terrorism, human, arms and drug trafficking.

Some Arab and Islamic countries, in addition to the U.S., Britain, France and China, are to take part, too, in this 5th edition of the exercise.

This is the second time within six months that Russian Federation and Pakistan are holding joint military exercises and Indian officials appeared to see it as a normal event, Indian Express said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan is wholly committed to ensuring the freedom of navigation and lawful maritime order as it is a major stakeholder of maritime security in Arabian Sea.

Thirty-six countries are participating or observing the global naval exercise.

He pointed out that maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean are both multi-dimensional and multi-faceted.

Pakistani navy said in a statement the Turkish ship TSG Gelibolu was also taking part in the four-day "peace" exercise, which includes an worldwide maritime conference. He said threats like maritime terrorism, drug trafficking and piracy have acquired global dimensions.

PM Nawaz Sharif emphasised that cooperation between global navies is imperative to countering emerging threats.

Earlier, four exercises of AMAN series have been organized in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 in which large number of ships, special operation forces (SOF) and observers from leading navies of the region/world participated.

  • Joey Payne