Naval chief visits ships of foreign navies during Aman Exercise 2019


KARACHI: The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited ships of foreign navies participating in multinational Aman Exercise 2019 on Sunday.

The naval chief visited participating ships of Australia, China, Italy, Malaysia, Oman, Sri Lanka, Turkey and UK where he interacted with senior officers and commanding officers.

During discussions, the naval chief highlighted that the Pakistan Navy had always been a forerunner in the quest for collaborative security in this region of immense strategic importance and Aman series of exercises were anchored on this concept.

The admiral further expressed that the camaraderie generated herein will grow in future and shall bring participating nations closer to the mutual goal of regional peace and prosperity.

He also appreciated their participation in the exercise to fulfil common resolve of ‘Together for Peace’.

The senior officers and commanding officers of the respective ships highly acknowledged the strenuous efforts of Pakistan Navy by bringing together global navies towards a shared commitment of maritime peace, stability and lawful order at sea.

During other activities of the day, Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lt General Edzai Chimonyo laid a floral wreath at the Mazar-e-Quaid followed by a visit to the Joint Maritime Information Coordination Centre, Pakistan Naval Academy and Pakistan Navy Ship Shamsheer.

Further, Chief of Romanian Naval Forces Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu visited Pakistan Navy Ship Saif and also called on Pakistan Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi.

Maritime security challenges and opportunities remained in focus on the second day of 8th International Maritime Conference. The 1st and 2nd sessions were graced by Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat and Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) Chairman Dr Masuma Hasan as chief guests whereas, Azerbaijan Chief of Coast Guard State Border Service Lt General Afgan Taghiyev Veli and Chief of Romanian Naval Forces Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu attended the event as guests of honour.

Friendly sports matches between officers, soldiers of participating countries and the Pakistan Navy were also held during the day.

In order to provide an opportunity to witness diverse cultures of participating countries, an international food gala and cultural show was also organised for officers and sailors, showcasing food stalls and cultural items from all participating countries.