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Joint Pak-Saudi naval exercises Naseem Al Bahr commence at port Al Jubail

Saudi Arabia, February 11, 2018

Major joint naval exercises Naseem Al Bahr, First joint Mine Counter Measures Exercise (MCMEX) and Marine Forces Exercise Deraa Al Sahil between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) commenced at Saudi Arabian Port Al Jubail on Saturday.

The 11th exercise of Naseem Al Bahr series will continue till February 17. It is the first time that these exercises are being conducted in Saudi Arabian waters. The exercises are aimed to consolidate the existing strong bilateral relations between Pakistan and Royal Saudi Naval forces, a statement issued here by Directorate of Public Relations of Pakistan Navy said.

The exercises include joint conduct of maritime security operations across the traditional and non-traditional warfare domains thus enhancing interoperability between both the navies.

Earlier, Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising PN Ships ZULFIQUAR, TARIQ, AZMAT, QUWWAT and MUNSIF arrived at Saudi Arabian Port Al Jubail. Pakistan Navy (PN) helicopters embarked onboard PN Ships and P3C Orion Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft will also participate in these exercises.

For the first time, Mine Countermeasure Exercise has also been scheduled concurrently with Exercise Naseem Al Bahr. Cdre Adnan Ahmed is the Mission Commander of Pakistan Navy ships visiting Jubail for the exercise.

Upon arrival, Pakistan Navy ships were warmly received by senior RSNF officers and ratings. On first day of exercise, various harbour evolutions including communication brief for participating units and harbour fire exercise demonstrations onboard Pakistan Navy ships were conducted to share experience with RSNF counterparts.

A reception dinner in honour of visiting Pakistan Navy officers and ratings was hosted by RSNF Eastern Fleet Cdr, Rear Admiral Laafi Bin Hussain Al Harbi at RSNF Naval Base Mess.

A large gathering of RSNF officers including flag officers (Commanders of Logistics, Aviation and Marines) and RSNF Base Commander also attended the reception.