China-Pakistan joint naval exercise enters marine drill phase

China Military
Huang Panyue

Special operations soldiers of the Pakistani Navy exchange with their Chinese colleagues aboard the Chinese naval guided-missile frigate Handan (579) berthing at the Port of Karachi in Pakistan on November 17, 2016, local time. ( Han Fengjun)

KARACHI, Pakistan, Nov. 18 (ChinaMil) -- The marine drill phase of the China-Pakistan joint naval exercise will kick off on November 19, according to a press conference of the exercise held in Karachi on Thursday.

Chi Qingtao, commanding officer of the Chinese participating ship, said at the press conference that since the arrival of the frigate Handan in Karachi, Pakistani, Chinese naval officers and soldiers have conducted exchange of views on marine infrastructure protection and anti-piracy operations. They also held special operation drills, and paid visits to each other’s ships, and these activities helped enhance mutual understandings between naval troops of both sides.

Chi Qingtao believed that the joint exercise will promote in-depth friendly exchange between the two militaries.

Since the guided-missile frigate Handan arrived in Karachi on November 15, the Pakistani and Chinese sides have held three joint exercise coordination meetings and determined multiple items of the exercise including the operational command, communication coordination and force strength utilization, laying a foundation for the smooth development of the joint exercise.



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