Pakistan Navy hosted Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19 at Karachi from 8-12 Feb 19. Sri Lankan Navy regularly participates in Exercise AMAN. Accordingly, Sri Lankan Navy Ship SLNS SAYURALA arrived at Karachi to participate in Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19. Upon completion of Exercise AMAN-19, Sri Lankan Navy ship also participated in PN-SLN Bilateral Exercise LION STAR.
In day-long harbour phase, undertaken at Karachi, personnel from both navies mutually benefitted from various activities which included discussions on various aspects of naval operations, security in the maritime domain and other areas of mutual cooperation. Moreover, reception dinner was also held onboard PNS SAIF in the honour of visiting ships.
Subsequently, SLNS SAYURALA and Pakistan Navy Ship KHAIBAR participated in scheduled sea exercises, which included various tactical evolutions and operational maneuvers of ships.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy longstanding cordial ties. In the maritime domain, Pakistan Navy's engagement with Sri Lankan Navy has a long history which includes regular visits by senior officers, training cooperation and participation in various exercises. The visit of Sri Lankan Navy Ship to Pakistan and participation in bilateral Exercise LION STAR will further strengthen mutual collaboration and interoperability between two navies.