1st phase of Pak-Saudi exercise concludes

February 14, 2018

KARACHI: The first phase of Joint Special Operation Forces Maritime exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil being held at 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 led to Sea Phase; wherein sea based Maritime Special Operations will be conducted.

Beside Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil at Karachi, Exercise Dera Al Sahil between Pak Marines and RSNF Marines is also under progress at Saudi Arabia.

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.

Meanwhile, Commander Rawalpindi Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza visited forward troops at Neelum Valley.

The commander appreciated operational preparedness and high morale of troops, according to ISPR.

He directed troops to give befitting response to Indian CFVs who is unethically targeting innocent civilians. – Samaa