The 4-day multinational naval exercise Aman 2017 began in Karachi on Friday.
36 countries including Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, UK, USA, Japan and Russia are participating in the exercise. Being held since 2007, AMAN 17 is fifth Multinational Exercise of AMAN series. Navies of 37 countries are participating in AMAN 17, out of which 09 countries are participating with naval assets including Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, UK, USA, Japan and Russia.
The countries participating with naval assets are USA with USS AMELIA EARHART (OILER), USCGS MAUI, USCGSAQUIDNEK and USS TYPHOON; China with HARBIN DDG 112, HANDAN FFG 575 and DONGPHINGU AO 960; Russia SEVEROMORSK (ASW), ALTAY Tug Boat and DUBNA tanker; Sri Lanka with SLS SAMUDRA; Turkey with TCGGELIBOLU; UK with HMS DARING; Indonesia with KRI SULTAN ISKANDARMUDA and Australia with HMASARUNTA.
The Commander of Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral ArifullahHussaini who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the exercise by hoisting national flag at Karachi dockyard.
The Vice Admiral speaking at the ceremony said that the exercise will help in competing human trafficking, smuggling of narcotics and terrorism in the region. He said that Pakistan Navy has played a vital role in the region to ensure safe passage for cargo ships.
Commander of the Pakistani fleet Vice Admiral ArifullahHussaini, who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the exercise by hoisting the Pakistani flag at the Karachi dockyard.
The vice admiral, speaking at the ceremony, said that the exercise would help work against human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, and terrorism in the region.
The Pakistan Navy has played a vital role for ensuring safe passage of cargo ships in the region, he added.