Joint Pak Saudi Naval exercise commenced


KARACHI, Feb 10 (APP):Major joint Naval Exercises Naseem Al
Bahr, First joint Mine Counter Measures Exercise (MCMEX) and
Marine Forces Exercise Deraa Al Sahil between Pakistan Navy and
Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) have commenced at Saudi Arabian
Port Al Jubail.
A press release of Pakistan Navy issued here on Saturday said
that the 11th exercise of Naseem Al Bahr series will continue till
February 17.
It is the first time that these exercises are being conducted
in Saudi Arabian waters.
The exercises are aimed to consolidate the existing strong bilateral
relations between Pakistan and Royal Saudi Naval forces. The
exercises include joint conduct of maritime security operations
across the traditional and nontraditional warfare domains thus
enhancing interoperability between both the Navies.
Earlier Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising PN Ships ZULFIQUAR,
TARIQ, AZMAT, QUWWAT and MUNSIF arrived at Saudi Arabian Port Al
Jubail. PN helicopters embarked onboard PN Ships and P3C Orion
Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft will also participate in
these exercises. For the first time, Mine Countermeasure Exercise
has also been scheduled concurrently with Exercise Naseem Al
Bahr. Cdre Adnan Ahmed is the Mission Commander of Pakistan Navy
ships visiting Jubail for the exercise.
Upon arrival, Pakistan Navy ships were warmly received by senior
RSNF officers. On first day of exercise, various harbour evolutions including communication brief for participating units and harbour fire exercise demonstrations onboard Pakistan Navy ships were conducted to share experience with RSNF counterparts.
A reception dinner in honour of visiting Pakistan Navy officers
and ratings was hosted by RSNF Eastern Fleet Cdr, Rear Admiral Laafi
Bin Hussain Al Harbi at RSNF Naval
Base Mess.
A large gathering of RSNF officers including flag officers
(Commanders of Logistics, Aviation and Marines) and RSNF
Base Commander also attended the reception.