The five-day multi-nation naval exercise Aman-2019, in which 46 nations took part, concluded on Tuesday.
President of Pakistan Arif Alvi, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, minister for defence productions and other dignitaries took part in the ceremony, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The exercise displayed a resolve of 46 countries under the title “Together for Peace”.
Naval assets including naval ships, helicopters, Special Forces elements and observers from 46 countries participated in the exercise.
The naval drill kicked off on Feb 8 and concluded today (Feb 12). ISPR said the naval contingent from 46 countries around the world participated in the war exercise while the heads of the all three armed forces attended the concluding ceremony.
The President congratulated Pakistan Navy for hosting the mega event and reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve for peace and security in the region.
The President appreciated the participation of large number of like-minded Nations and emphasized that AMAN-19 will pave the way to make the region more peaceful and secure with combined efforts by all stakeholders.
AMAN-19 was conducted in two phases; the harbour phase spanned from 08-10 Feb and the sea phase from 11–12 Feb 19.
The harbour phase comprised International Maritime Conference, seminars, table talks, cross ships visits, calls on, International Band Display, Maritime Counter Terrorism Demonstration, Cultural show and Food Gala.
Whereas, the sea phase included practical execution of operational plans and activities finalized during harbour phase and International Fleet Review.
Pakistan has been hosting the multi-national naval drill ‘Aman’ since 2007. In the first exercise 28 countries had participated with their ships, aircraft and observers.
The exercise was held in two phases from during the five days. The harbour phase of the drill continued from 8th to 10th February, while the second phase was held in the sea till Feb 12. The World Maritime Conference was also organised during the Aman naval exercise.
The objectives of the naval exercise include projecting a positive image of Pakistan as a country contributing towards regional peace and stability, consolidating Pakistan Navy’s position in the regional maritime arena, enhancing interoperability with regional and extra regional navies and displaying of united resolve against maritime terrorism and piracy.