Pakistan maritime security agency organizes exercise barracuda-XI

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Pakistan Maritime Security Agency is organizing exercise barracuda-XI from 11-13 January 2022 Flag Hoisting.

Wreath laying and opening ceremonies of the exercise were held on 11 Jan 22 at HQs Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.

The proceedings of the day began with Flag Hoisting followed by wreath laying on Shuhadas monument at HQ PMSA A total of 16 foreign observers from 13 countries including Australia, Azerbaijan.

Bangladesh, Bahrain, France, Japan, Korea, Maldives, Saudi Arabia. Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey and United States of America are participating in the exercise.

Later, opening ceremony of ex barracuda XI was held at Beach Luxury Hotel. Minister of State for Climate Change Ms Zartaj Gul Wazir graced the occasion as Chief Guest Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Rear Admiral Mirza Foad Amin Baig HI (M) welcomed the participants and explained that barracuda is a series of international exercises which is conducted on regular basis under overall coordination of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.

He added that the aim of barracuda XI is to exercise Marine Oil Spill response and Search & Rescue procedures as per Pakistan’s National Marine Disaster Contingency Plan (NMDCP) while sharing experiences with friendly.

countries. Participation of all national stakeholders and international observers will be instrumental in refining our coordinated response against oil spill as well as Search & Rescue requirements at regional level.

The Chief Guest Ms Zartaj Gul Wazir interacted with all foreign observers, media and appreciated the efforts of PN and PMSA in conducting the exercise. She especially thanked all the foreign delegates for their eagerness in participating in the event.

She further said that events like this surely provide an ideal platform to benefit from professional experiences of nations across the globe in a near realistic environment.

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