ISLAMABAD : The 4th bilateral exercise between Pakistan Navy (PN) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy encompassing harbour and sea phases concluded in the North Arabian Sea Monday.

According to a spokesperson for the Pakistan Navy, the highly significant exercise included a series of operational and tactical activities and engagement of mutual interests. The harbour phase of the exercise comprised of various calls on, visits, sports activities and table-top discussions as a preparatory warm-up for sea phase.

The sea phase of the exercise covered a wide spectrum of maritime and naval operations by ships, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft, joint boarding operations by special forces, air defence exercises, communication drills and joint manoeuvres by ships.

“Enhanced collaboration between the PN and the PLA (N) is aimed at improving interoperability for conducting combined maritime operations to ensure a stable maritime environment vital for economic stability and growth as well as ensuring peace and security in the maritime commons. Accordingly, this exercise is reflective of a strong mutual desire to improve the level of coordination and interoperability at operational and tactical levels,” the spokesman said.