Exercise Naseem Al Bahr XI (NAB) between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) concluded in Saudi Arabian waters off Al Jubail, KSA on Saturday.

The exercise was scheduled from 9th to 17th Feb 2018.

The exercise NAB comprised of practical demonstrations of Fast Boat Attacks, various formations, maneuvering drills, defense against asymmetric attacks using fast boats, helicopter landings, boarding operations, anti piracy and joint response to conventional threats at sea.

Live weapon firing was also conducted in which PN and RSNF ships successfully engaged their respective targets. Pakistan Navy’s P3C & helicopters conducted joint operations with Saudi Air Force & RSNF Air Arm elements.

Mine Counter Measure Exercise (MCM) was also conducted for the first time as part of exercise NAB. During the sea phase of MCM Exercise, Survey and diving operations and under water demolition of targets were also conducted.

This year, exercise Deraa Al Sahil was also a part of Naseem Al Bahr XI in which Pak marines and RSNF marines exercised amphibious landing operations, escorting operations, beach landing, sniper camouflage training and boarding operations. In addition, small arms firing, cover and maneuver drills and para drop operations by RSNF marines were also undertaken.

PN-RSNF Joint Naval exercises were followed by a closing ceremony, held at King Abdul Aziz Naval Base Al Jubail. Chief of Staff (Personnel), Vice Admiral Abdul Aleem of Pakistan Navy was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The admiral highlighted Pakistan Navy’s role in counter terrorism and counter piracy operations since 2004 and 2009 respectively in North Arabian Sea (NAS), Gulf of Aden (GOA) and Horn of Africa (HOA).