Karachi (Staff Report): The five-day Multinational Exercise “AMAN 2017” of Pakistan Navy has started today (Friday).

According to Pak navy spokesperson, International naval exercise 'Aman-17' has been scheduled to be conducted in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi from February 10-14, with more than 35 countries including China, Russia, US, Britain, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey and Sri Lanka participating in the event.

Commander Pakistan Fleets Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini told a press conference in Karachi, themed 'Together for peace', the 'Aman 17' naval exercise has helped clear the Arabian Sea of pirates.

He furthed stated that these exercises help the participating countries come together and further their relations.

The exercise will feature harbour and sea phases, during which participants will witness a variety of drills, where participants will witness a variety of exercises, including search and rescue operations, gunnery drills, anti-piracy demonstrations, replenishment at sea and maritime counter-terrorism demonstrations.

'Aman-17' will include ships, aircraft, helicopters, Special Operations Forces (SOF), Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD), marines and observers from regional as well extra-regional navies.

Pakistan held Aman naval exercises every alternate year since 2007. The exercises aim to demonstrate the allied nations' capabilities to fight terrorism and other maritime threats, as well as to provide a platform for participants to hone their skills, and build cooperation and friendship to promote peace and stability.