Joint exercises between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia naval forces commence in Red Sea
By News Desk
September 6, 2023 12:10 AM
In order to consolidate the existing strong bilateral relations between Pakistan and Royal Saudi Naval forces, joint Naval Exercises between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces namely 'Al-Bhar "XIV" have started in the Red Sea, reported the 24NewsHD TV channel.
Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) share a long history of naval collaboration where both navies maintain cordial and fraternal ties.
The Joint Naval Exercises are aimed at enhancing interoperability and sharpening the tactical proficiency in counter-piracy, anti-air & and surface warfare, and mine countermeasure warfare.
The exercises included joint conduct of maritime security operations across the traditional and non-traditional warfare domains thus enhancing interoperability between navies.
In the formative years of RSNF, training facilities and technical assistance rendered by the Pakistan Navy laid solid foundations for the establishment of a formidable Royal Saudi Naval Force.
Officers of both navies avail “on-job training” on each other’s ships which is a manifestation of close relations for mutual benefits.
Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising PN ships ZULFIQUAR, TARIQ, AZMAT, QUWWAT, MUNSIF, PN helicopters embarked onboard PN ships, and P-3C Orion Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft also participated in these exercises.
During the Harbour Phase, various training exercises were organized onboard PN and RSNF ships and harbor facilities. Planning modules on the conduct of amphibious landing operations, escorting operations, sniper/camouflage techniques, and mine countermeasures/procedures were rehearsed by both navies.