Pakistan Kicks off Large Multinational Naval Exercise

In a message on the occasion of Pakistan Navy Multinational Exercise AMAN-17, the prime minister extended a very warm welcome to all the participants who have travelled from across the seas to participate in Multinational Exercise AMAN-17. 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.

He said he looks forward to a successful and rewarding exercise and thanked all participating countries for taking part in this endeavour of readiness for the promotion of peace. It is the fifth such exercise that Pakistan has been holding since 2007.

On Thursday, the US Navy arrived with USS Amelia Earhart (oiler), USCGS Maui, USCGC Aquidneck and USS Typhoon. while Russian Federation arrived with Severomorsk (ASW), Altay (tugboat) and Dubna (tanker).

Australia is participating with HMAS Arunta and Japan with two P3C Orion aircraft.

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Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Adm. Arifullah Hussaini said at the opening ceremony he hoped the multinational exercise would further improve the response, tactics and procedures among various maritime forces operating in the region.

Russian Navy's large anti-submarine ship Severmorsk arrived in Pakistan for participation in the Aman 2017 worldwide naval exercises, Indian reports said quoting Xinhua. Threats such as maritime terrorism, drug trafficking and piracy have acquired global dimensions, he said.

Overall, 15 ships will take part in the naval drill. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. The exercises aim to demonstrate the allied nations' capabilities to fight terrorism and other maritime threats, as well as to provide a platform for participants to hone their skills and build cooperation and friendship to promote peace and stability.

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