KARACHI: Pakistan Navy and Russian Navy Counter Narcotics Exercise “ARABIAN MONSOON 2015” was held in North Arabian Sea. Various elements of Pakistan Navy including PN Ship KHAIBAR and Russian Ship KULAKOV, Naval Special Ops Forces and units of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency participated in the exercise. Observers from Pakistan Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and Russian Federal Drug Control Service were also present.
Pakistan Navy is actively pursuing the government policies and has taken a number of steps to promote peace and stability in the maritime commons. Pakistan Navy is engaged in multinational efforts to thwart crimes in the regional maritime domain, which in turn ensures a stable maritime environment vital for world’s economic and energy security. Joint Counter Narcotics Exercise with Russian Navy was aimed at developing procedures for conducting combined operations to curb illicit activities on the High Seas.
It is expected that this exercise will prove a stepping stone towards increasing interoperability and way forward for future collaboration between Russian and Pakistan Navies. It is also believed that the visit of Russian Navy Ship KULAKOV to Karachi will usher new avenues of cooperation between two countries.