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
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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