The Chinese and Pakistani naval forces are participating in cooperative maritime patrols and other joint drills for the first time during a week-long training in the Arabian Sea. The media published this information on Monday.
The Chinese and Pakistani navys launched the ‘Sea Guardians-3’ exercise, which involves anti-submarine operations, at a naval installation near Karachi on Saturday. According to Dawn News, the exercises will take place in the northern Arabian Sea’s waters and airspace and end on Friday.
A representative for China’s Ministry of National Defense, Senior Colonel Wu Qian, stated that this will be the first time China and Pakistan have carried out synchronized maritime patrols.
The exercise, with the theme of “joint response to maritime security threats,” will include formation movement, helicopter cross-deck landing, VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure), search and rescue, and anti-submarine operations, according to Wu, who was quoted by the China Military News website in a recent report.
He mentioned that there will be some professional visits and exchanges as part of the exercises.
“This is the third time for China and Pakistan to hold such an exercise, aiming to consolidate the all-weather strategic partnership and traditional friendship between the two countries, and strengthen realistic combat training of the two militaries,” said a spokesperson for the Chinese military.