APP61-14 SAUDI ARABIA: February 14 - Pak Marines & Royal Saudi Naval Force Marines in action during Joint Naval Exercise Dera Al Sahil. APP

KARACHI, Feb 14 (APP):The first phase of Joint Special Operation Forces Maritime exercise “AFF’AA – Al Sahil” participated by Pakistan Navy (PN-SOF) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF-SOF) concluded here Wednesday.
A PN spokesman sharing details of the exercise said series of
land and harbour exercises were scheduled during the first phase
whereas Maritime Special Operations were rehearsed prior exercises at sea in second phase.
The exercise AFF’AA-Al Sahil was said to be aimed at enhancing
inter-operability and sharpening the tactical proficiency in
countering Maritime Human trafficking, Piracy and Terrorism.
“The exercise will help in developing synergy in operations
against asymmetric and conventional threats,” said the official.
Exercise AFF’AA – Al Sahil is a bilateral exercise being jointly
conducted by the two countries since 2011.
Culmination of First phase will led to Sea Phase during which sea
based Maritime Special Operations will be conducted.
Along with Exercise AFF’AA – Al Sahil at Karachi, Exercise Dera
Al Sahil jointly participated by Pak Marines and RSNF Marines was said
to be also under progress at Saudi Arabia.
The second of the exercise is aimed to enhance professional
skills and practices especially in the field of Coastal Defence like
demonstration for Military Operations & Urban Terrain (MOUT), said the
PN official.
He mentioned that Joint Beach Landing through Landing Craft
Utility (LCU) and training of snipers through camouflage and
concealment techniques are also essential components of Exercise
Dera – Al Sahil.