Pakistan navy’s international Aman-19 exercise begins

Islamabad, Feb 9, IRNA -- The five-day naval exercise organized by Pakistan Navy, Aman-2019, in which 45 nations are taking part, has been kicked off in Pakistani port city of Karachi, state media reported.

AMAN 19 formally commenced at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, with a colorful flag hoisting ceremony. Ships of the participating navies, observers, foreign diplomats and a large number of Pakistan Navy personnel attended the event.

In his message Pakistan Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said threats to maritime security increasingly emanate from contemporary asymmetric challenges that have deeply impacted the maritime environment.

AMAN-19 is a multinational Naval Exercise conducted biennially by Pakistan Navy since 2007. The exercise is based on Pakistan Navy led initiative to bring in world navies under one umbrella for collaborative peace and security in the maritime domain.

The current exercise, 6th in the series has a growing number of participants. This year 45 nations are participating through Ships, Aircraft, Special Operating Forces, Observers and Speakers.

One of the key events of AMAN-19 other than sea exercises, is 'International Maritime Conference' spanned over three days, being organized by National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR).
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