Russia, NATO to conduct military drill for 1st time in 10 years


Russia will hold a joint naval exercise with NATO countries in the Pakistani city of Karachi for the first time in 10 years, the press service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet said in a statement Thursday.

According to the statement, the “AMAN-2021” maneuvers will take place in February off the coast of Pakistan in the waters of the southern port city of Karachi.

“In addition to the ships of the Pakistani Navy and the Russian Navy, the U.S. Navy, the Royal Navy of Great Britain, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, Turkish Navy, Philippine Navy, the Royal Malaysian Navy, Sri Lankan Navy and Indonesian Navy will take part in the military drill,” it added.

Russia will be represented by a frigate, a patrol ship, a rescue tug, a Marine Corps unit, a mine clearance team and a naval helicopter.

The last time the ships of the Russian Navy operated together with the ships of the NATO allies was in 2011, off the coast of Spain as part of the exercise “Bold Monarch,” which involved some 2,000 participants from over 20 nations.

The exercises were designed to maximize international cooperation and interoperability in the area of maritime safety that has always been important to NATO and all submarine-operating countries.