Special operations forces demonstrate spectacular display of strength


KARACHI: Turkish Navy Ship arriving Karachi Harbor to participate in Multinational Naval Exercise AMAN-17. INP PHOTO

Staff Reporter


As a part of ongoing Multinational Exercise Aman-17, being hosted by Pakistan Navy, Special Operations Forces of Pakistan Navy and participating countries presented an impressive Maritime Counter Terrorism demonstration here at Manora on Saturday.
Sri Lankan Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne graced the demonstration as chief guest. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was also present at the occasion.
The rise of terrorism and instability at global level has changed the nature of how nations engaged both friends and foes. Special Forces worldwide find themselves in non-conventional wars, peculiar operations and home defense missions which were unseen just a decade ago.
Special Forces play a unique role that include tracking of terrorists cells and leaders, disrupting insurgent campaigns and building relationships with international partners for ensuring peace and stability.
The counter terrorism demonstrated was a fine display of strength and specialized skills by Special Operations Forces of Pakistan Navy and participating countries to counter acts of maritime terrorism, refine special operating procedures, exchange of professional expertise and to enhance interoperability with participating SOF teams.
The demonstrations while using versatile platforms included fast maneuvers by Hovercrafts, Military Assault and VBSS boats, water scooters, Skim Past by hovercrafts and Special Forces Boats, insertion of Air Assault teams through helicopters, para-jumps by SSGNs/commandos, frogman attacks, coordinated beach assault and reinforcement followed by extraction.
The event witnessed a high level coordination and professionalism of Special Forces.
Earlier, an International Bands display was also presented by the bands of participating countries of Aman 17, aiming to connect the countries through cultural heritage as well. The military bands from Sri Lanka, and of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy played a mix of their traditional and military tunes. The enchanting melodies mesmerized the audience and were really appreciated.
A large number of personnel of the participating navies, observers, foreign diplomats and senior officials of armed forces of Pakistan witnessed the counter terrorism demonstration and bands display.

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