Pakistan Navy’s biggest exercise Aman-21 begins, 45 countries participating

Aman-21 maritime exercise which includes 45 world navies formally opens

Pakistan Navy is hosting its biggest maritime exercise in the Arabian Sea.

Nearly 45 world navies including the US, UK, China, Russia, Turkey, are participating in the seventh edition of the multinational maritime exercise Aman-21 that formally opened at the Pakistan Navy dockyard on February 12.

The exercise began with an impressive and colorful flag-hoisting ceremony that was attended by a large number of senior military representatives from the participating countries, observers, diplomats and Pakistan Navy officials.

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Mohammad Amjad Khan Niazi welcomed the participants of Exercise Aman-21 and underlined that the exercise would provide a medium to develop doctrinal synergy to tackle maritime security challenges and enhance interoperability among navies at different pedestals of the technological prowess to come together and secure a sustainable maritime environment.

Admiral Niazi also highlighted Pakistan Navy’s initiative of Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP) to fulfil international obligations besides protecting national interests in the Indian Ocean Region and emphasised that the camaraderie generated herein will continue to grow and bring them even closer to the cherished goals of realising regional peace and shared prosperity through collaborative efforts.

Together for Peace

Commander of Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf, praised the participating countries for their support towards Pakistan’s quest for peace and order at sea as they gathered under the platform of Exercise Aman pursuing its motto ‘Together for Peace’.

Nearly 45 countries are participating with their ships, aircraft, Special Operation Forces and a large number of observers. Aman Exercise is one of key naval drills organized by the Pakistan Navy to signify the commitment towards making the seas safer for positive human activities by inviting regional and extra-regional navies for joint exercises. The exercise has been held every two years since 2007 is aimed at fostering international cooperation to fight piracy, terrorism and other crimes threatening maritime security and stability.  

Aman gathers both NATO and non-NATO members

What makes the Aman drills significant is the fact that it brought together both NATO and non-NATO members under the umbrella of collaborative maritime security.

It is the first time in a decade that Russian naval ships are attending drills with multiple NATO members. Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet which includes frigate Admiral Grigorovich, patrol vessel Dmitriy Rogachev, a tug boat, a naval helicopter, as well as by marine and demining units, are participating in the exercise.

PLA Navy destroyer flotilla joins Aman multinational exercise

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy 19 Flotilla led by a Type 052D destroyer is also participating in a multinational exercise in Pakistan.

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