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KARACHI, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN; Friday, 8 February 2019 – The 5-day multinational exercise, code-named Exercise AMAN 2019, kicked off at the Pakistan Navy Dockyard today. The opening ceremony was officiated by the Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, who was also the Guest of Honour for the event, of which in attendance also included the Commander of Zimbabwean National Army, Lieutenant General Edzai Chimonyo, the Romanian Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Alexandru Mirsu, Ambassadors and delegates of various countries. Representing the RBN were 739 Lieutenant Commander Ade Roddiane bin Hj Mohd Rosdi, RBN, Staff Officer Grade 2 Fleet Operations and 819 Lieutenant Khairul Anwar bin Hj Abu Bakar, RBN, Principal Warfare Officer KDB DARULEHSAN, who are participating as observers throughout the exercise.

Prior to the official opening, contingents of the Pakistan Navy presented a march past, before the flags of all participating nations were hoisted. This was then followed by an opening address by the Commander Pakistan Fleet where he highlighted the main objectives of this biannual exercise were to provide a forum for the understanding of each other’s maritime concepts and operational cultures and come up with ways and means of combatting common threats at sea, as well as to enhance cooperation between countries through combined naval, air and special operations exercises. Vice Admiral Niazi also underscored that Pakistan has a substantial stake in the maritime domain due to their extraordinary dependence on the sea for trade, the operationalisation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and their strategic location astride the global energy highway. After the Commander Pakistan Fleet’s opening address, a cake cutting event followed before the official exercise opening ceremony drew to a close.

This year’s edition of Exercise AMAN will be divided into two main phases – the harbour phase and the sea phase. Harbour activities will encompass seminars, discussions and demonstrations, and in tandem with these activities will be a 3-day International Maritime Conference centred on the topic, “Global Geopolitics in Transition: Rethinking Maritime Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region”. Overall, a total of 46 nations will take part in this exercise as observers and participants in pursuit of a common objective which is to enhance cooperation and, ultimately, improve diplomatic relations between all involved.​

The Guest of Honour, together with the Commander Zimbabwean National Army and the Romanian Chief of Navy during the cake cutting event.

Representatives from various nations during the flag-hoisting ceremony.

Representatives from Royal Brunei Navy - 739 Lieutenant Commander Ade Roddiane bin Hj Mohd Rosdi, Staff Officer Grade 2 Fleet Operations and 819 Lieutenant Khairul Anwar bin Hj Abu Bakar, Principal Warfare Officer KDB DARULEHSAN.

Representatives from various nations during the photo taking ceremony.