Pakistan, Japan conduct joint naval drills in Gulf of Aden

Pakistan Navy and Japan participated in the passage exercise Gulf of Aden as part of international efforts to counter piracy and ensure the security of international shipping.

The exercise will further contribute to improving the bilateral ties between the Pakistan Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.

Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Zulfiquar participated with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Ship Onami in Gulf of Aden. A statement issued by the Pakistan Navy said that the passage exercise encompassed various operational serials with aim to enhance ‘interoperability and augment collaborative efforts to ensure maritime security in the region’.

The statement further said the PNS Zulfiquar is also undertaking Regional Maritime Security Patrol in Gulf of Aden. This exercise is a testimony of the Pakistan Navy’s resolve to provide a secure maritime environment in the global commons for international shipping. And contribute towards international efforts to counter illicit activities at sea, the statement added.