KARACHI: Two Pakistan Navy ships and a Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) P3C aircraft as well as naval assets and personnel from more than 50 countries participated in the International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 2019 conducted in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf on Monday.

The IMX-2019 provided Pakistan Navy with an opportunity to enhance interoperability with the world navies. During the exercise, both Pakistan Navy ships — Shamsheer and Muhafiz — also visited Muscat and Bahrain, respectively.

During the port visits, separate receptions were held on-board both ships that were attended by senior officers of navies, diplomats, dignitaries and notables from the host countries and the Pakistani community and officers/personnel from ships participating in the exercise.

The Pakistan Navy, in line with the government policies, has always remained committed in playing its role in ensuring maritime safety and security in the region.

Published in Dawn, November 12th, 2019