The Pakistan Navy is set to commence its biennial muti-national maritime exercise, Aman 2023, in and around the waters near Karachi, Pakistan.
According to a media briefing, Pakistan Navy fleet commander vice admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami said the exercise will be carried out from 10 to 14 February.
Aman 2023 will be held in two phases, harbour and sea.
It will involve participation of various naval vessels, special operation forces and air assets from around 50 different countries.
Bilgrami also said that the latest iteration of exercise will involve a series of training drills to counter terrorism, piracy, narco-arms trafficking and climate change.
Aman 23 will be the eighth such event to be held under the Aman series of exercises that were launched in 2007.
This series of exercise aims to enhance cooperation and interoperability among the multinational maritime forces to further strengthen and maintain regional stability.
Bilgrami said: “Our interests are based on three major factors. Firstly, our extraordinary dependence on the seas for trade; secondly, operationalisation of CPEC project and thirdly, our strategic location astride the global energy highway.
“Cumulatively, these realities make maritime stability a vital national security interest. We realise the importance of maritime security not only for Pakistan but for all other countries whose prosperity and progress are tied to the seas.”
According to the Pakistan Navy, the Aman series of exercise allows the participating forces to enhance mutual understanding, exchange information and provides an opportunity to identify various areas of mutual interest in terms of maritime security and peace.
Apart from counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance operations, the activities will involve several Response Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures training events to counter other traditional and non-traditional threats.
Confirming its participation in the Aman 23 exercise, the Chinese Ministry of Defence also issued a statement on 8 February announcing the deployment of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 052D guided-missile destroyer Nanning to take part in the drills.
The previous seventh iteration of this exercise was held between 12 to 16 February 2021 in the waters of the Arabian Sea.