Wednesday, February 28, 2024

‘Sea Guardians 2022’ bilateral maritime drill between Pakistan, China concludes

Pakistan Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on Wednesday concluded a four-day joint naval exercise codenamed Sea Guardians-2 at the Wusong military port in Shanghai.

The Sea Guardians-2 exercise was conducted in the water airspace off the coast of Shanghai from July 10 to 13 and was co-directed by Rear Admiral Liu Zhigang of PLAN and Commodore Rashid Mehmood Sheikh of Pakistan Navy.

The exercises consisted of two phases. The first phase consisted of port planning, offshore operation planning, and professional expertise exchange as well as cultural sports events while in the second phase the key focus was on practical sea exercises that included anti-submarine operation, attacks on maritime targets, replenishment at sea, tactical maneuvering, reinforcing damaged ships, anti-missile and anti-aircraft operations.

In the first phase of the joint exercise, the two navies carried out offshore operation planning and professional expertise exchange as well as cultural sports events. The second phase of the joint drills focused on practical maritime exercises that included attacks on maritime targets, tactical maneuvering, anti-submarine operation, replenishment at sea, reinforcing damaged ships, anti-aircraft and anti-missile operations.

Corvettes, frigates and submarines from the Eastern Theater Command of the PLAN were sent to participate in the drills from the Chinese side. The ships included:

  • the Xiangtan frigate
  • Shuozhou corvette
  • the comprehensive supply ship Qiandaohu and a submarine.

PLAN also sent several early warning aircraft, fighter jets, and helicopters to participate in the exercises.

From the Pakistani side, a new addition to the Navy-PNS Taimur participated in the exercise along with ships, aircraft and submarines of the Chinese Navy, as per a spokesperson from Pakistan Navy.

PNS Taimur is a Type 054A/P frigate, built by China. The ship was commissioned into Pakistan’s naval fleet only a few weeks ago. Type 054A/P frigate is a Pakistan-specific variant of China’s Type 054A Jiangkai II-class frigate, China’s most advanced guided-missile frigate. This is the first time that PNS Taimur has participated in a practical naval exercise.

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