Saudi Naval ships
arrive in Karachi for
drill with Pak forces

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ISLAMABAD: Royal Saudi Navy vessels reached Karachi on Saturday, the Saudi defence ministry said, as the kingdom’s forces will participate in a joint naval drill with the Pakistan Navy.
Footage from Saudi television news channel Al-Arabiya showed a Saudi military vessel docked at the Karachi port and its personnel being received by Pakistan Navy officials. The Royal Saudi Air Force will also participate in the exercise with a number of combat aircraft.
“The ships of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces arrived in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to carry out the bilateral naval exercises Naseem Al-Bahr 13,” the ministry said, as it shared photographs of the vessels and RSNF staff meeting Pakistani officers.

Royal Saudi Navy ship arrives at Karachi port on October 2, 2021, to participate in a joint naval drill with the Pakistan Navy. (Photo courtesy: SPA)

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted exercise commander Rear Adm. Sajer bin Rafeed Al-Anezi as saying Naseem Al-Bahr is a series joint exercises carried out by the Saudi naval forces and the Pakistani Navy, which aim to “unify concepts and joint work between the navies of the two countries.”
The two naval forces have strong relations as Pakistan had provided training to Saudi officers and sailors during the Saudi navy’s formative period between the 1970’s and 80’s.
Many Saudi officers are graduates of the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi.
In a report shared on Twitter by the Saudi embassy in Islamabad, Al-Arabiya footage showed Saudi vessels docking at the Karachi port being received by Pakistan Navy officials. “The ships of the Saudi naval forces will participate in naval maneuvers with the Pakistani forces,” the broadcaster said.
“The kingdom’s land and naval forces have conducted military exercises with Pakistani forces several times, in light of the strong relations between the two countries.”

Royal Saudi Navy ship arrives at Karachi port on October 2, 2021, to participate in a joint naval drill with the Pakistan Navy. (Photo courtesy: SPA)

The two naval forces have strong relations as Pakistan had provided training to Saudi officers and sailors during the Saudi navy’s formative period between the 1970’s and 80’s.
Many Saudi officers are graduates of the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi.

Rear Admiral Sajer bin Rafeed Al-Anezi, the commander of the exercise, said that this comes as an extension of the series of joint “Naseem Al-Bahar” exercises carried out by Saudi naval forces with Pakistani naval forces, according to SPA.

Al-Anezi added that this exercise is one of many scheduled in the “plan of joint military exercises with friendly and brotherly countries, which aim to unify concepts and joint work between the navies of the two countries.”

SPA reported that the Royal Saudi Air Forces participate in such exercises with several combat aircrafts in order to enhance and unify joint work between the Kingdom’s navy and air forces.