KARACHI, PAKISTAN, Feb. 15 (ChinaMil) -- The “Aman-17” multinational joint naval exercise held in waters adjacent to Karachi of Pakistan successfully wrapped up on Feb. 14, 2017, local time.
The 24th Chinese naval escort taskforce, on behalf of the Chinese PLA Navy, participated in the exercise. The taskforce consists of the guided-missile destroyer Harbin, the guided-missile frigate Handan and the comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu .
The warships from the participating navies, grouped into three combined taskforces which had six, five and four warships respectively, conducted ship formation maneuver drills successively at about 10:00 on Feb 13. In each of the formation, there was a Chinese naval ship.
At 17:30, a joint maritime blockade drill started. In the drill, the Chinese supply ship Dongpinghu acted as a merchant ship suspected of carrying contraband goods, which was detected out by the guided-missile frigate PNS Alamgir of the Pakistan Navy.
The anti-submarine and air defense drills were put on successively on Monday evening following the blockade drill.
At about 06:30 on Feb 14, the three combined taskforces formed the “ruby”, “pearl” and “candy” ship formations respectively, for an international naval review.
At about 09:00, the three combined taskforces conducted drills of replenishment during navigation and rocket depth-charge attack.
At about 14:00 that day, the Pakistan Navy sent a radio notification to conclude the exercise after all the maritime drills on 20-plus subjects had been completed.
The “Aman-17” multinational joint naval exercise l kicked off on February 10. The exercise brought together navies from 12 countries including Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, observers from 31 countries also attend the event.