Karachi: Multinational Exercise AMAN 13 formally commenced today with a colorful flag hoisting and opening ceremony held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard. Ships of the participating navies, observers, foreign diplomats and a large number of Pakistan Navy officers and men attended the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique said that the transformation in global geo-strategic landscape has been immense throwing up numerous challenges. Although much of the turmoil continues unabated on land in many regions of the world; the maritime arena too has had its due share particularly the Indian Ocean.
He said that use of sea routes by terrorists, human trafficking, smuggling and piracy are major concerns. We need to make collective efforts to eliminate these for lasting peace in the region, he added.
Admiral Hasham further said that Pakistan Navy’s multinational exercise AMAN 13 is an effort which will surely improve response, tactics and procedures to enhance interoperability in joint operating environment.
The exercise is focused on combating and countering all illegal activities particularly in North Arabian Sea which is very critical to future energy security and serves as lifeline of world energy economies.
Commander Pakistan Fleet extended warm welcome to the participating navies and hoped that this joint exercise would help find common answers against maritime threats. He also appreciated participating nations for supporting Pakistan’s resolve for ensuring peace in the region.
Earlier, formal opening and flag hoisting ceremony was held amid tune of national songs played by Pakistan Navy band.