Pak-Saudi naval forces conclude joint 'Affa Al Sahil' exercise

Navy spokesperson says the special forces exercised in open sea against terrorists and pirates


News Desk February 16, 2018
The personnel of SSG(N) and RSNF Special Operation Forces conducting Special Maritime Operations at high sea during the sea phase of exercise AAFA-AL-SAHIL IV. PHOTO: PAKISTAN NAVY

Joint Special Operation Forces Maritime exercise between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia codenamed Affa Al-Sahil concluded in Karachi on Friday.

On Thursday, the first phase of the exercise, comprising operation against terrorists and elimination of hideouts at night, was completed.

In the second phase, the special forces exercised in open sea against terrorists and pirates, said a spokesperson of Pakistan Navy.

The purpose of the exercises, he added, is to extend professional capabilities of both the navies.

Meanwhile, the Commander of Saudi Special Force appreciated the expertise of both the forces and hoped that these will enhance their professional capabilities.

Pakistan, Saudi naval forces complete first phase of Aff’aa Al Sahil exercise

Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil is aimed at enhancing inter-operability 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.

The exercise is a bilateral exercise being conducted annually between the two sides since 2011.

Beside Exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil at Karachi, Exercise ‘Dera Al Sahil’ between Pak Marines and RSNF Marines is also underway at Saudi waters.

This exercise is aimed at enhance professional skills and practices especially in the field of coastal defence, such as demonstration for Military Operations and Urban Terrain (MOUT), Joint Beach Landing through Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and training of snipers through camouflage and concealment techniques.

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