Pakistan Navy To Host 46 International Navies for Joint Naval Drill (Aman 21) In Arabian Sea

This will be the first time in a decade that Russian naval ships have attended drills with multiple NATO members.

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On Monday, Pakistan announced it would host navies from 45 countries, including the United States, Russia, and China, for a joint military exercise in the North Arabian Sea later this month.

This will be the first time in a decade that Russian naval ships have attended drills with multiple NATO members.

Together for peace

The Pakistan Navy’s Aman (Peace) exercise aims to strengthen and develop naval cooperation among the navies worldwide to promote regional stability and counter maritime threats.

According to the Pakistan Navy Chief, Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, the exercise offers the participating nations a chance to “work together keeping disputes aside to defeat common adversaries.”

Likewise, it aims to counter hybrid warfare such as terrorism, piracy, terrorism, drugs and arms trafficking, human smuggling, and climate change.

“The Aman Exercise is about uniting countries and making it possible to operate together in the pursuance of shared objectives,” the admiral said.

Pakistan Navy’s servicemen carry the national flags of participating nations during the opening ceremony of multinational exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, February 8, 2019. (REUTERS)

Aman Exercise objectives:

  • Contribute to regional peace and stability.
  • United resolve against terrorism, piracy, crimes, and other threats in the maritime domain.
  • Bridge the gap and boost interoperability between regional and extra-regional navies with the Pakistan Navy acting as a bridge in the region.
The opening ceremony of multinational exercise AMAN-19, in Karachi, February 8, 2019. (White Star)

Aims & achievements – from 2007 to 2021

The Pakistan Navy launched the exercise in 2007 with only three participants.

Nevertheless, the message of collective maritime security was widely accepted, and the participation greatly expanded.

As many as 46 states and 115 observers participated in the Aman-19 naval exercises.

Moreover, around 11 navies, including those of China, the US, UK, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Malaysia, Oman, Sri Lanka, participated with their warships.

Aman Exercise 2019.

“It’s a huge achievement for the Pakistan Navy that the number of participating nations grew immensely in just a few years as the message of peace and collaboration attracted both western and eastern navies, NATO and non-NATO members,” said Commodore (R) Syed Mohammed Obaidullah.

In comparison to India’s Malabar Exercise, which launched in 1992 and attracted only three navies, “Pakistan’s Aman Exercise garnered international recognition as it is not against any country and benefits all states,” he added.

Aman – Platform for Navies in pursuit of peace

(Pakistan Navy)

Aman exercises are the embodiment of Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) via cooperation between the East and West’s navies that share the common goal of peace.

With the growing competition between the United States and China in the region, “Pakistan has chosen to act as a bridge due to its traditional role as a peacemaker in the maritime domain,” says Dr. Khurram Iqbal, head of the International Relations department at the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad.

Through the Aman exercise, Pakistan “will once again contribute in peacemaking and provide a platform for China and Russia on one side and the US and its allies on the other side to come together.”

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