First phase of AFF’AA – Al Sahil exercise concludes in Karachi First phase of AFF’AA – Al Sahil exercise concludes in Karachi

The first phase of Joint Special Operation Forces Maritime exercise “AFF’AA – Al Sahil” participated by Pakistan Navy (PN-SOF) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF-SOF) concluded here Wednesday.

A PN spokesman sharing details of the exercise said series of land and harbour exercises were scheduled during the first phase whereas Maritime Special Operations were rehearsed prior exercises at sea in second phase.

The exercise AFF’AA-Al Sahil was said to be 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,” said the official.

Exercise AFF’AA – Al Sahil is a bilateral exercise being jointly conducted by the two countries since 2011.
Culmination of First phase will led to Sea Phase during which sea based Maritime Special Operations will be conducted.

Along with Exercise AFF’AA – Al Sahil at Karachi, Exercise Dera Al Sahil jointly participated by Pak Marines and RSNF Marines was said to be also under progress at Saudi Arabia.

The second of the exercise is aimed to enhance professional skills and practices especially in the field of Coastal Defence like demonstration for Military Operations & Urban Terrain (MOUT), said the
PN official.

He mentioned that Joint Beach Landing through Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and training of snipers through camouflage and concealment techniques are also essential components of Exercise Dera – Al Sahil. (APP)

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