KARACHI, Pakistan, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese naval destroyer "Guangzhou"
left here Saturday afternoon at the end of ten-day "Peace 09" military exercise
at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi.
Military Attache at the Chinese embassy Major General Li Mengyan,
Consul-General in Karachi Chen Shanmin and Rear Admiral of the Pakistani navy
Kamran were among some 150 Pakistani sailors and Chinese at the port to see off
the Chinese ship and its sailors.
Earlier, a flag-lowering ceremony was held at the Pakistan Navy Dockyard,
marking the end of Exercise AMAN 09. This is the second exercise of AMAN series.
AMAN is an Urdu word meaning "PEACE". Slogan of AMAN exercise is "Together for
Navy officials and sailors of China's navy " Guangzhou" destroyer
are inspected by a Pakistani warship during the AMAN 09 military exercises at
the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi, on Mar. 11, 2009.
Warships from participating countries Monday began their second phase of the
two-week-long AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern
Pakistani port of Karachi. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
Twenty warships, nine aircraft, six special force teams from 12countries
participated in the military exercise on March 5-14, 2009. The exercise was
divided into two phases.
During the first phase, seminars, workshops and cultural events were held
From March 9 to 12, some 20 warships carried out exercises like going past
mines, anti-terror operations, shooting floating objects, search and rescue,
night encounter exercise, and cross deck landings by helicopter.
Before departure, in an interview on board of the "Guangzhou" destroyer,
Commander Senior Captain Chen Yueqi told Xinhua that China had sent its naval
ship and a 12-member special force team to the AMAN 09 exercise only to show its
goodwill for peace and its responsibility to maintain world peace and stability
as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Chen said that China had stuck to its policy of peaceful development and
the Chinese navy hoped to broaden exchanges and cooperation with other navies.
First of the AMAN series was held in March 2007 when 14 ships of
Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United
States navies participated.