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Nanning destroyer represents PLA at Aman naval exercises

The guided-missile destroyer Nanning (Hull 162) attached to the 43rd Chinese naval escort taskforce sets sail from a military port in Zhanjiang city, southeast China's Guangdong province on January 10, 2023. (Photo by Zhang Maoxuan)

The Nanning guided-missile destroyer will make an appearance at this year’s Aman multinational naval exercise, according to a statement from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.

The Nanning guided-missile destroyer will make an appearance at this year’s Aman multinational naval exercise, according to a statement from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.

The destroyer will be present at the “Together for Peace” 2023 military exercises near Karachi from 9 to 14 February at the invitation of hosting force, the Pakistan Navy.

The naval exercises seek to maintain peace and security in the Indian Ocean and have been held biennially on each alternate year since 2007.

Pakistan Naval Chief Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi said the exercises operate in two phases in the port city of Karachi.

Naval forces will seek to develop synergy in tackling maritime security challenges by enhancing cooperation between regional and extra-regional navies, according to Naval Chief Admiral Niazi.

Operations will feature search and rescue elements, gunnery drills, anti-piracy demonstrations, replenishment at sea, and maritime counter-terrorism training.

Nanning undertook its first escort mission as one of three ships involved in the 43rd Chinese naval escort taskforce in early January. The taskforce set sail for the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia from a military port in Zhanjiang City, south-east China’s Guangdong province, with guided-missile frigate Sanya and supply ship Weishanhu alongside two ship-borne helicopters and more than 700 troops.

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