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Chinese Navy Flotilla docks Karachi to participate in bilateral exercise

KARACHI: Chinese Navy Flotilla including Ocean Salvage and Rescue Ship CHANGXINGDAO and PLA(N) Ship HANDAN arrived here on a goodwill visit to Pakistan. The PLA (Navy) Task Group was extended warm welcome and traditional hospitality on arrival at Karachi. Senior officials of Pakistan Navy and Chinese consulate were also present on the occasion. The visiting Chinese platforms will take part in 4th PN-PLA(N) bilateral exercise encompassing Harbour and Sea phases, said a statement issued by ISPR on Wednesday.

A statement issued by navy’s media wing said “these exercises are expected to go a long way in promoting maritime security in the backdrop of operationalisation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port”.

These exercises are expected to go a long way in promoting maritime security in the backdrop of operationalization of CPEC and Gwadar port, said that statement. Meanwhile, on the direction of Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) conducted a marine oil spill exercise BARRACUDA-VII.

The exercise was aimed at rehearsing the oil spill procedures and contingency mechanism, the navy statement added. The two-day long exercise had commenced on November 14.

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