Karachi, 10 February 2023 (TDI): The seventh round of AMAN exercises will take place from February 10 until February 14. In and around the waters around Karachi, the Pakistan Navy will launch AMAN 2023, its biennial multi-national maritime exercise.

Vice Admiral Ovais Ahmed Bilgrami, fleet commander of the Pakistan Navy, stated during a media conference that the drill would take place from February 10 through February 14. The two stages of AMAN 2023 will be the harbor and the sea.

Around 50 different countries’ aviation assets, special operations units, and navy vessels will all take part in it.

Additionally, according to Bilgrami, the most recent exercise would include a number of training exercises to combat terrorism, piracy, narco-arms trafficking, and climate change.

The eighth such exercise to be undertaken as part of the AMAN series of exercises, which began in 2007, will be AMAN 23.

To further reinforce and sustain regional stability, this series of exercises aim to increase collaboration and interoperability among the multinational marine forces.

“Our interests are based on three main elements,” Bilgrami stated. First and foremost, our extreme reliance on the oceans for trade; second, the launch of the CPEC project; and third, our advantageous placement astride the world’s energy highway.

“Taken together, these facts make maritime stability a critical component of national security. We are aware of the significance of maritime security for not only Pakistan but also for all other nations whose progress and prosperity depend on the oceans.”

The AMAN series of exercises give the participating forces a chance to discover several areas of shared interest in terms of maritime security and peace as well as to improve mutual understanding and exchange of information.

The activities will include a number of Response Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures as well as training exercises to counter additional conventional and non-conventional threats in addition to counterterrorism and humanitarian relief missions.

The Chinese Ministry of Defence also announced the deployment of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 052D guided-missile destroyer Nanning to participate in the exercises on February 8.

This confirmed its involvement in the Aman 23 exercise. The exercise’s seventh iteration took place in the Arabian Sea between February 12 and 16, 2021.