Exercise AMAN 2021 Kicks Off Today

Exercise AMAN 2021 kicks off today and will last until 16 February. The seventh edition of the multinational maritime exercise will include 43 countries along with their surface and air assets, special operation forces, marine teams, senior officers, and observers. Aman-2021 will have two phases: a harbour phase and a sea phase.

AMAN is an Urdu word meaning “PEACE” and the slogan of the AMAN exercise is “Together for Peace”. Exercise AMAN-21 is the 7th exercise of AMAN series and is planned from 11-16 February 2021 in Karachi, Pakistan.

“Exercise AMAN is about bridging gaps and making it possible to operate together in pursuance of common objectives,” Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf, commander of the Pakistani fleet, said Monday.

A total of 46 countries are participating in the Aman 2021 exercise which includes participating fleets from, US, China, Russia, UK, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries from ASEAN, South Asia, African Union, EU, GCC, and NATO among others.

For the first time since 2011, the Russian Navy will take part in joint exercises alongside NATO countries. This participation will be in the AMAN-2021 multinational exercises, which is planned for February 2021 off the coast of Karachi, Pakistan.

This series of multinational exercises were started in 2007 with a view to promote regional cooperation and stability, greater interoperability, and to display a united resolve against terrorism and crimes in the maritime domain including Piracy.

The concept of AMAN revolves around information sharing, mutual understanding and identifying areas of common interests for participating navies with emphasis on maritime security operations, counter terrorism operations and humanitarian assistance operation. Based on this, the exercise seeks to develop and practice Response Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (RTTP) for maritime infrastructure, assets and forces against traditional and non-traditional threats.

As many as 46 countries and 115 observers participated in Aman-19 naval exercises and around 11 navies, including those of China, US, UK, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Malaysia, Oman; Sri Lanka participated with their warships.

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