Multinational Naval exercise AMAN-19 conference concludes A two-day preliminary planning conference of multinational Pakistan Navy Initial Planning Conference (IPC) of Exercise AMAN-19 concluded in Islamabad on Tuesday. In a statement issued by Directorate of Public Relations of Pakistan Navy on Tuesday, the Initial Planning Conference provided a forum to discuss the broad contours and various modalities involved in conduct of Exercise AMAN-19, which is scheduled to be held in Karachi in early 2019. Schedule of events both for the harbour and sea activities will be further refined during the Final Planning Conference planned in December 2018. Pakistan Navy has been hosting AMAN series of the exercise since 2007. Since its inception, the exercise has gradually grown in its stature and the last exercise AMAN-17 saw the largest participation of 35 like minded nations. Hosting of AMAN exercises by Pakistan Navy is a clear manifestation of Pakistan’s commitment towards peace and stability embodied in its motto ‘Together for Peace’, bringing the navies of the East and West on a common platform for the good of global commons. Exercise AMAN-19 sixth of this series, will aim to develop coalition building, strengthen multi-layered security cooperation, enhance interoperability in Naval Ops and cross cultural interaction among like-minded nations. Exercise AMAN-19 will include an International Maritime Conference, Maritime Terrorism demo, Table Top discussions on professional matters and various cross cultural activities in harbour while the sea activities will include advance naval drills and maneuvers including Anti Piracy Tactics, Counterterrorism Ops, Maritime Security Ops, surface firing practices, Search and Rescue maneuvers and an International Fleet Review. The IPC was attended by over 36 delegates from over 25 countries and marked the first step towards the planning and preparation of AMAN-19 exercise. Participation of a large number of countries in the IPC is a testimony that Pakistan’s circle of friends is growing world over, the statement added.