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'Aman-17' naval exercise kicks off in Karachi

Updated Feb 10, 2017 06:49pm

The multinational 'Aman-17' naval exercise kicked off in Karachi Friday morning with 37 countries, including Pakistan, taking part in the event.

Nine of the visitors — Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan and Russia — are participating with naval assets.

'Aman-17' is the fifth such exercise that has taken place. Pakistan has been holding the exercise every alternate year since 2007.

Commander of the Pakistani fleet Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini, who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the exercise by hoisting the Pakistani flag at the Karachi dockyard.

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The vice admiral, speaking at the ceremony, said that the exercise would help work against human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, and terrorism in the region, Radio Pakistan reported.

Naval ships in the Arabian Sea. ─ DawnNews
Naval ships in the Arabian Sea. ─ DawnNews

The Pakistan Navy has played a vital role for ensuring safe passage of cargo ships in the region, he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended a warm welcome to all participants and said Pakistan, being a major stakeholder in maritime security of the Arabian Sea, is fully committed to ensuring freedom of navigation and lawful maritime order.

The premier pointed out that maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean are both multidimensional and multifaceted. Threats such as maritime terrorism, drug trafficking and piracy have acquired international dimensions, he said.

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

British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission
British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission

British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission
British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission

British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission
British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission

British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission
British Navy ship, the HMS Daring arrives for Aman-17 exercise. ─ Photo courtesy British High Commission

24th division of Chinese Navy fleet reaches Karachi port. ─ Photo courtesy People's Daily, China
24th division of Chinese Navy fleet reaches Karachi port. ─ Photo courtesy People's Daily, China

24th division of Chinese Navy fleet reaches Karachi port. ─ Photo courtesy People's Daily, China
24th division of Chinese Navy fleet reaches Karachi port. ─ Photo courtesy People's Daily, China

Shadows cast on ground as servicemen carry national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy’s Multinational Exercise AMAN-17. —Reuters
Shadows cast on ground as servicemen carry national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of Pakistan Navy’s Multinational Exercise AMAN-17. —Reuters

Navy personnel stand guard during a flag-hoisting ceremony for the navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-17. —AFP
Navy personnel stand guard during a flag-hoisting ceremony for the navy's Multinational Exercise AMAN-17. —AFP

Servicemen march after hoisting the national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of AMAN-17. —Reuters
Servicemen march after hoisting the national flags of participating countries during the opening ceremony of AMAN-17. —Reuters