Tuesday September 07, 2021

Pakistan, German, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Passing Exercise in Arabian Sea

KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy frigate PNS Alamgir (F 260) and German Navy frigate FGS Bayern (F 217) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) in the Arabian Sea, Sept. 6.

The exercise included advanced maneuvers and communication drills flexing the crews’ abilities to operate together in a dynamic environment, and test and refine combined command and control processes.

“Today’s multi-domain operations demonstrate the capacity of the international rules based system to advance a common vision ensuring peace and stability,” said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, commander, Carrier Strike Group 5/Task Force 50. “The United States greatly appreciates the opportunity to hone our ability to operate with our partners together at sea.”

The events conducted between the partner naval units included communications testing, maritime maneuvers, aircraft tracking exercises, and leadership exchanges between U.S. and Pakistan aboard Shiloh.

“Exercises like this cement our relationship,” said Rear Adm. Jawad Ahmed, Commander West, Pakistan Navy.

The group visiting Shiloh included Rear Adm. Ahmed, U.S. Consul General in Karachi Mark Stroh, and Rear Adm. Pennington, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 5/Task Force 50.

“I was proud to witness the naval exercise today that included our close partners Pakistan and Germany,” said U.S. Consul General Mark Stroh. “The United States and Pakistan have collaborated together for decades to promote a peaceful, stable, and prosperous South Asia.  Our enduring military-to-military ties, demonstrated by today’s successful naval exercise, strengthen our U.S.-Pakistan relationship and support our peoples’ prosperity and security.”

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