The 2012 edition of the annual Pakistan Navy (PN) maritime exercise SEASPARK-12 commenced on Monday. The exercise will be conducted in the general area of North Arabian Sea. The Sea Spark exercises, being a permanent feature of PN’s operational calendar, are conducted with the main objective to assess the operational readiness and provide an opportunity to the officers and men to operate under multi-threat environment and exercise responses accordingly. The exercise planning is based on manifestation of Chief of the Naval Staff’s declared strategic priorities of ‘Operational Readiness and Training’. All operational ships, submarines, aircraft, marines, Special Forces and establishments will participate to cover the entire gamut of naval operations. Special emphasis is being laid to have the professional skills to deal with both traditional and non-traditional threats. Opening brief of the exercise was held at PN Dockyard which was attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila.