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EXERCISE AMAN 2023

Together for Peace

Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi NI(M) S Bt

Chief of the Naval Staff


AMAN


AMAN series of multinational exercises were started in 2007 with a view to promote regional cooperation and stability, greater interoperability and to display a united resolve against terrorism and crimes in maritime domain including Piracy. AMAN-23 is the 8th such exercise planned from 10-14 February 2023 at Karachi, Pakistan.

HISTORY

Exercise AMAN-21

Exercise AMAN-21 was held in Feb 21. During the exercise, 11 Ships, 1 Aircraft and 5 SOF/EOD teams from China, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkiye, UK and USA participated. Observers from 42 countries also attended the exercise.

Exercise AMAN-2019

Exercise AMAN-19 was held in February 2019. During the exercise, 12 Ships, 3 Aircraft and 15 SOF/EOD teams from Australia, China, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Oman, Poland, Sri Lanka, Turkiye, UK and USA participated. Observers from 46 countries also attended the exercise.

Exercise AMAN-2017

Exercise AMAN-17 was held in February 2017. During the exercise, 12 Ships, 2 Aircraft and 9 SOF/EOD teams from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkiye, UK and USA participated. Observers from 34 countries also attended the exercise.

Exercise AMAN-2013

Exercise AMAN-13 was held in March 2013. During the exercise, 12 Ships, 2 Aircraft and 9 SOF/EOD teams from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Turkiye, UK and USA participated. Observers from 21 countries also attended the exercise.

Exercise AMAN-2011

Exercise AMAN-11 was held in March 2011. During the exercise, 11 Ships, 3 Aircraft and 3 SOF/EOD teams from Australia, China, France, Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UK and USA participated. Observers from 26 countries also attended the exercise.

Exercise AMAN-2009

Exercise AMAN-09 was held in March 2009. During the exercise, 13 Ships, 3 Aircraft and 9 SOF/EOD teams from Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, UK and USA participated. Observers from 27 countries also attended the exercise.

Exercise AMAN-2007

Exercise AMAN-07 was held in March 2007. During the exercise, 14 Ships and 2 SOF/ EOD teams from Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, Turkiye, UK and USA participated. Observers from 21 countries also attended the exercise.

Chief of the Naval Staff --- ( Admiral M Amjad Khan Niazi NI(M) S Bt )

Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi NI(M) S Bt is the current Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy since 07 October 2020,The Admiral was commissioned in Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in 1985. A winner of the coveted Sword of Honour, the Admiral has vast experience of both command and staff appointments. Command appointments of the Admiral include command of two Type 21 ships PNS BADR and PNS TARIQ, Commander 18th Destroyer Squadron, Commandant PNS BAHADUR, Commandant Pakistan Navy War College/ Commander Central Punjab, Commander Pakistan Fleet and Commander Karachi. His distinguished staff appointments include Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff, head of F-22P Mission in China, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training & Evaluation), Director General Naval Intelligence and Chief of Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad. Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi is a graduate of Army Command & Staff College Quetta and National Defence University Islamabad. He also holds a Master Degree in Underwater Acoustics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. In recognition of his meritorious services, the Admiral has been awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-e-Basalat. He was also conferred the French Medal Chevalier (Knight) by the Government of France.

Concepts & Objectives

The concept of AMAN revolves around information sharing, mutual understanding and identifying areas of common interests for participating navies with emphasis on maritime security operations, counter terrorism operations and humanitarian assistance operation. Based on this, the exercise seeks to develop and practice Response Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (RTTP) for maritime infrastructure, assets and forces against traditional and non-traditional threats.

Concepts

The Exercise is to be designed to provide a common forum for:

  • Information sharing, mutual understanding and identifying areas of common interests for group analysis and dialogues through International Maritime Conference.
  • Developing and practicing response tactics, techniques and procedures against asymmetric and traditional threats during sea phase of the exercise.
  • Intermingling of multinationals with depiction of their respective cultures during cultural shows/food galas.

Objectives
The Exercise is to be planned with focused objectives, which are as under:
  • Project positive image of Pakistan as a country contributing towards regional peace and stability.
  • Consolidate PN’s position in the regional maritime arena.
  • Enhance interoperability with regional and extra regional navies thereby acting as a bridge between the regions.