The Pakistan Navy hosted the multinational naval exercise Aman 2017 in the North Arabian Sea earlier this year, as Waseem Abbas reports.
The fifth in the series of biannual exercises, Aman 2017 – Aman meaning Peace in Urdu – began on February 10 and lasted four days. Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States took part with naval assets. As well as 23 naval vessels, a total of seven aircraft also participated. According to the Pakistan Navy (PN), the aim of the exercise was to display a united front against terrorism and criminality in the maritime domain. The manoeuvres were also intended to enhance the PN’s interoperability with both regional and extra-regional navies.