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Sri Lanka Navy participates at 'AMAN 2017' in Pakistan

Sri Lanka Navy participates at 'AMAN 2017' in Pakistan

[Feb 14 2017]


Sri Lanka is one of the 37 countries that are taking part in the International Naval Exercise 'Aman 2017' in Pakistan. The maritime exercise is being organized by the Pakistan Navy.

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne who is on an official visit to Pakistan, was the Chief Guest at the 7th International Maritime Conference and the International Bands Display and Maritime Counter Terrorism Demonstration, held in parallel with the Multinational Exercise AMAN-17 on Saturday (11th February), states Navy media sources. Pakistani Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present at the occasion. Military bands from Sri Lanka and of Pakistan Army, Air Force and Navy played a mix of their traditional and military tunes which drew the appreciation of the audience.

Sri Lanka Navy's Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Samudura which left the island on 03rd (February) with 186 Naval personnel to Pakistan is also taking part in the exercise. A group of 8 Maldivian National Defence Force personnel are also onboard the ship.

The International Maritime Exercise 'Aman 2017' is being held from 10th to 14th February in the Arabian Sea in Pakistan. The 7th International Maritime Conference (IMC 2017) was held from 11th to 13th February at NCMPR, Bahria University, Karachi. This maritime conclave is being held under the theme 'Strategic Outlook in the Indian Ocean Region- 2030 and Beyond- Evolving Challenges and Strategies.

Pakistan Navy Special Forces conduct regular exercises with foreign Special Forces to keep abreast of the latest techniques in Special Warfare. Maritime Counter Terrorism Demo is a string of same scheme depicting firm dedication of Pakistan Navy to meet the challenges regarding maritime terrorism issues. The rise of terrorism and instability at global level has changed the nature of how nations engaged both friends and foes.

The demonstrations while using versatile platforms included fast maneuvers by Hovercrafts, Military Assault and VBSS boats, hovercrafts and Special Forces boats (SFBs), insertion of Air Assault Teams through helicopters, para-jumps by SSGNs/Commandos, frogman attacks, coordinated beach assault and reinforcement followed by extraction.

A large number of personnel of the participating navies, observers, members of the diplomatic corps and senior Pakistani military officers had gathered to witnessed the Counter terrorism demonstration and Bands display.

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