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Pak-US navies begin exercise to enhance maritime security

The Pakistani and US navies on Sunday began a bilateral exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability and improving maritime security.

world Updated: May 10, 2009 19:34 IST

The Pakistani and US navies on Sunday began a bilateral exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability and improving maritime security.

The sea phase will include manoeuvres designed to refine war fighting tactics, practice command and control and counter asymmetric threats.

The exercise, codenamed "Inspired Union", will continue till May 20. A statement issued by the Pakistan Navy described the manoeuvres as a yearly feature that will be conducted in harbour and sea phases.

The US has fielded the warships USS Lake Champlain and USS Halyburton for the exercise while Pakistan is represented by PNS Khaibar, PNS Tariq, missile boats and aviation units.

At the same time, special operations forces of both navies are conducting an exercise codenamed "Inspired Response". This exercise will focus on explosive ordnance disposal, demolition and deep sea diving.