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February 15, 2018

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First phase of Pak-Saudi naval exercise concludes

Our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The first phase of Joint Special Operation Forces Maritime exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil being held in Karachi between Pakistan Navy (PN-SOF) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF-SOF) has concluded.

During the first phase, series of land and harbour exercises were scheduled; wherein, Maritime Special Operations were rehearsed prior exercises at sea in second phase. Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil is aimed on enhancing interoperability and sharpening the tactical proficiency in countering maritime human trafficking, piracy and terrorism. The exercise will help in developing synergy in operations against asymmetric and conventional threats. Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil is a bilateral exercise being conducted annually between the two sides since 2011. Culmination of first phase will be led to Sea Phase; wherein sea based Maritime Special Operations will be conducted.

This exercise is aimed to enhance professional skills and practices especially in the field of Coastal Defence like demonstration for Military Operations & Urban Terrain (MOUT), Joint Beach Landing through Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and training of snipers through camouflage and concealment techniques.

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