Exercise AYYILDIZ-2019

Pakistan and Turkish Navy’s Joint Exercise Concludes in Karachi
Pakistan Navy’s Special Services Group (SSG Navy) and Turkish Navy’s Special Forces, ‘Su Alti Taarruz’ (SAT) joint exercise ‘AYYILDIZ-2019’ – the 12th in the series – concluded in Karachi after 12 days. This series of bilateral exercise has been regularly conducted between Pakistan and Turkey on an annual basis.

The aim of the exercise was to strengthen military relationships, improve coordination and interoperability and exchange of professional expertise in Special Operations Forces’ (SOF) domain. Personnel from both navies mutually benefitted from the exercise which included anti-terrorism ops, rescue and hostage ops, counter-terrorism in maritime domain and intelligence based operations. This exercise is a reflection of strong bilateral military cooperation between Pakistan Navy and the Turkish Navy. 
Pakistan and Turkey enjoy strong bilateral relations based on foundations of brotherhood and friendship. Pakistan and Turkish Defence Forces interact regularly on various forums. Both navies have been actively collaborating in various professional interactions including multilateral and bilateral exercises. Turkish Navy is also a regular participant of AMAN series of Multinational Maritime Exercises organized biennially by Pakistan Navy since 2007. Professional experiences gained during bilateral exercises have been mutually rewarding and will foster greater bilateral cooperation between the two brotherly navies.

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