KARACHI: Pakistan Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force held a joint exercise in the Gulf of Aden.
PNS Zulfiqar of Pakistan Navy ship Zulfiquar (with embarked helicopter) and Japanese Ship Onami participated in the exercise. Several naval operations were conducted during the Passage Exercise (PASSEX) exercise.
Both the ships are presently operating in vital area of Gulf of Aden as part of international efforts to counter piracy and ensure security of international shipping. The Passage Exercise encompassed various operational serials with aim to enhance interoperability and augment collaborative efforts to ensure maritime security in the region.
PNS Zulfiquar is also undertaking Regional Maritime Security Patrol (RMSP) in Gulf of Aden. The exercise is testimony of PN’s resolve to provide secure maritime environment in the global commons for international shipping and contribute towards international efforts to counter illicit activities at sea.
A spokesperson of Pakistan Navy said the exercise reflected Pakistan Navy’s commitment to maritime security and regional peace and security.
He said the exercise was aimed at further improving relations between the naval forces of the two countries.