Joint exercises between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia naval forces commence at Al Jubail

Joint exercises between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia naval forces commence at Al Jubail
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Karachi (Web Desk): The Major joint naval exercises Naseem Al Bahr-XIV and Deraa Al Sahil between Pakistan Navy (PN) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) commenced at Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

According to a statement by Pakistan Navy, the exercises are aimed to consolidate bilateral relations and enhance interoperability between the two navies and special operations forces.

The maritime drills include range of naval operations covering traditional and non-traditional warfare domains.

The statement added that for participation in the exercises, PN Flotilla comprising Pakistan Navy Ships Saif, Himmat, Dehshat and Muhafiz reached Al Jubail port of Saudi Arabia.

The ships were warmly welcomed by senior RSNF officials and Pakistan's diplomatic staff at Saudi Arabia.

In addition to naval ships, the special operations forces and marines of both the navies, helicopters and aircraft of Royal Saudi Air Force are participating in the exercises.

During the harbour phase, both sides exchanged views on professional subjects and finalized the planning of sea exercises.

The harbour phase activities included workshops on tactical procedures, seminars, simulators training, exchange visits and coordination meetings prior conduct of exercises at sea.

It is pertinent to mention that Naseem Al Bahr is biennial naval exercise that has evolved over three decades.

The exercise is a manifestation of Pak-Saudi strategic relations and mutual resolve to enhance cooperation in naval domain to jointly deal maritime challenges.