Multinational Exercise AMAN13 held

March 8, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne Friday witnessed the Multinational Exercise AMAN13, during the culminating sea phase in the North Arabian Sea.

Naval assets, including ships, helicopters, submarines and Special Forces elements are participating in the exercise, which have been subjected to the real threat environment.

Upon arrival at Pakistan Navy Ship NASR, the chief guest was welcomed by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila. Turkish Naval Chief and other highranking military officials were also present on the occasion.

The chief guest witnessed different operational exercises conducted by participating naval platforms including anti piracy operation by Special Forces, surface to surface firing on predetermined targets, replenishment of men and material from one ship to another, countering air to surface and surface to surface threat, insertion of commandos on ships through helicopters and anti submarine warfare exercises. Search and rescue operations were also rehearsed to provide assistance to ships in distress in actual scenario.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee was also presented an impressive fly past by various aircrafts and helicopters of participating countries. In the end, all participating ships skim past PNS NASR in a column formation and presented salute to the dignitary. All the coalition ships also formed up for traditional “AMAN Formation” to signify unity and harmony among participating nations against seaward crimes and terrorism.

The chief guest commended Pakistan Navy for hosting this multinational mega event and appreciated the cooperation of all participating foreign navies in the efforts to curb the menace of terrorism and illicit activities at high seas. He reiterated the need for devising strategic cooperation/mechanism to counter transnational maritime threats and promote safety, security, stability and human development in the region. He stressed the need to have a potent Navy to defend and advance with national maritime interest.

Earlier, during the harbor phase, the participating navies deliberated upon planning and execution of the exercise. Standing Operating Procedures were discussed at length to be practically implemented during the sea phase. The harbour phase also included activities such as International Maritime Conference wherein renowned scholars from Pakistan and abroad presented papers on various maritime issues. The sea phase would be followed by the analysis phase.