First phase of Pak, Saudi joint Naval exercises concludes


ISLAMABAD: The first phase of the joint naval exercise, Naseem Al Bahar XI, being conducted at Port Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia between Pakistan Navy (PN) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has concluded, said a statement issued here on Monday.

The first phase of exercise comprised of a series of harbour activities to provide synergy in different domains of naval operations. It also afforded an opportunity for both navies to conduct operational planning for the joint naval operations to be conducted in subsequent sea phase of the exercise.

During the first phase, various training exercises were organised on-board PN and RSNF ships and harbour facilities. Planning modules on the conduct of amphibious landing operations, escorting operations, sniper/camouflage techniques and mine counter-measure procedures were rehearsed by the two navies.

The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability and sharpening the tactical proficiency in counter-piracy, anti-air and surface warfare and mine countermeasure warfare.  The next phase of the exercise will include joint naval operations at sea.

Concurrently, Pakistani and RSNF marines are also engaged in joint marine exercise Deraa Al Sahil.