Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
18 Feb, 2021 | 12:26 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st): Representing Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Gajabahu took part in the 7th edition of AMAN series hosted by Pakistan this year, Sri Lanka Navy said.
The multi-national maritime exercise AMAN-2021 hosted by Pakistan Navy under the theme ‘Together for Peace’ formally commenced at the Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi, Pakistan on 12th February 2021.
Having seen the customary farewell at the home port on 05th February 2021, SLNS Gajabahu left Colombo for Karachi in Pakistan, to attend AMAN-2021.
AMAN-2021 was held from 12th to 16th February 2021, with the participation of as many as 45 countries from across the world.
The harbour phase of AMAN-2021 was held from 12th to 14th February 2021 at the port of Karachi where SLNS Gajabahu was reviewed by Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of the Naval Staff of Pakistan Navy.
Meanwhile, the sea phase of the exercise was held on 15th and 16th February 2021 in the North Arabian Sea with emphasis on maritime security operations, counter terrorism operations and humanitarian assistance operation.
Based on this, the exercise sought to develop and practice Response, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (RTTP) for maritime infrastructure, assets and forces against traditional and non-traditional threats.
On the sidelines of the exercise the International Maritime Conference was held from 13th to 15th February 2021 under the auspices of Pakistan Navy on the theme of “Development of Blue Economy under a Secure and Sustainable Environment: A Shared Future for Western Indian Ocean Region”.
Representing Sri Lanka Navy, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet – Rear Admiral Bandara Jayathilake attended the conference.
As curtains officially brought down on the multi-national maritime exercise AMAN-2021 on 16th February, a two-day bilateral maritime exercise commenced on 17th February, between Sri Lanka Navy and Pakistan Navy; SLNS Gajabahu is taking part in the exercise.
This maritime exercise enabled participating countries to further develop mutual understanding with their counterparts and also helped maintain maritime security in the region, Sri Lanka Navy noted.
The exercises were held adhering to strict health and safety guidelines amidst the global pandemic.
Image courtesy: Sri Lanka Navy
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