ISLAMABAD - The first phase of Joint Naval Exercise Naseem Al Bahar XI between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces concluded at Port Al Jubail in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The exercise comprised a series of harbour activities to provide synergy in different domains of naval operations.

The exercise is aimed at enhancing interoperability and sharpens tactical proficiency in Counter piracy, anti-air and surface warfare and mine countermeasure warfare.

 The exercise is 11th of Naseem Al Bahr Series and will continue till February 17 in Saudi Arabian Waters.  

Mission Commander of Pakistan Navy and Exercise Director from RSNF closely monitored and supervised the training activities.

The exercises will help in developing cooperation in operations against asymmetric, air, surface and mine threats.

Concurrently, Pakistani and RSNF marines are also engaged in joint marine exercise ‘Deraa Al Sahil’.

Conduct of joint maritime exercise between Pakistan Navy and RSNF in present geo-political milieu assumes great significance and will go a long way in enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, said the press release.

Since the inception of biennial exercise Naseem Al Bahr in 1993, it has matured as an advanced level maritime exercise involving almost all facets of naval forces. The level of participation from both sides signifies the trust and mutual confidence, which prevails between the two countries.