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Tuesday Feb 12 2019

Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19 comes to end

KARACHI: The Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19 under Pakistan Navy concluded on Tuesday, said a press release.

According to press release, President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Defence Minister Khurram Dastigir, Minister of Defence Production, Chairman JCSC General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, three services chief, ambassadors, defence and naval attaches and number of other guests witnessed spectacular sea maneuvers and International Fleet Review in the North Arabian Sea.

The exercise gathered military personnel from 46 countries under the title of “Together for Peace”.

Naval assets including naval ships, helicopters, Special Forces elements and observers from 46 countries participated in the exercise.

Upon arrival onboard Pakistan Navy ship MOAWIN, the President was welcomed by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and senior naval officers.

The chief guest witnessed different operational exercises including firing by ships on pre-deployed targets, underway replenishment between ships and maritime related maneuvers. The Fleet Review also featured an impressive Fly Past.

The press release said the participating ships formed up in traditional "AMAN Formation" to signify unity and harmony.

The president congratulated navy for hosting the mega event and reaffirmed Pakistan's resolve for peace and security in the region. He appreciated the participation of large number of like-minded nations and emphasised that AMAN-19 will pave the way to make the region more peaceful and secure with combined efforts by all stakeholders.

He reiterated the need for strategic cooperation to counter transnational maritime threats and encourage safety, security and stability in the region.

AMAN-19 was conducted in two phases; the harbour phase spanned from 08-10 Feb and the sea phase from 11–12 Feb, 19.

The harbour phase comprised International Maritime Conference, seminars, table talks, cross ship visits, calls, International Band Display, Maritime Counter Terrorism Demonstration, cultural show and food gala. Whereas, the sea phase included practical execution of operational plans and activities finalised during harbour phase and International Fleet Review.

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