ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy commenced maritime drills in Arabian Sea where the naval forces of both countries took part in search and rescue operations.
PNS Saif, PNS Azmat and long-range maritime aircraft is taking part in the naval drills, Pakistan Navy’s spokesperson said.
The second season of the naval drills were organised in open water between Malaysia and Pakistan named by MALPAK-II.
Pakistan Navy Task Group comprising Sword Class Guided Missile Frigate SAIF with embarked Z9EC helicopter, PNS Azmat and long-range maritime aircraft took part in the exercises.
Spokesperson said in the statement that both forces exercised firing down sea-to-sea and sea-to-air targets during the search and rescue operations.
The bilateral naval exercise MALPAK-II will strengthen enhance interoperability between the two navies, spokesperson added.
Pakistan Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy have been interacting since long. However, naval exercise MALPAK-17 is unique being first ever bilateral naval exercise which will be conducted biennially in Malaysian and Pakistani waters on alternate basis. This exercise will further enhance naval collaboration between Pakistan and Malaysia besides capacity-building of the forces and contributing in regional maritime security.