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Second phase of AMAN 09 military exercises begins

2009-03-10 01:59:06 GMT2009-03-10 09:59:06 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

China's navy "Guangzhou" destroyer is seen at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi, on Mar. 9, 2009. Warships from participating countries Monday began their second phase of the two-week-long AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

A Chinese navy military helicopter is ready to land on a British warship during the AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi, on Mar. 9, 2009. Warships from participating countries Monday began their second phase of the two-week-long AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Photo taken on Mar. 9, 2009 shows warships during the AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi. Warships from participating countries Monday began their second phase of the two-week-long AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Warships and military helicopters attend the AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi, on Mar. 9, 2009. Warships from participating countries Monday began their second phase of the two-week-long AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

A warship and military helicopters attend the AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi, on Mar. 9, 2009. Warships from participating countries Monday began their second phase of the two-week-long AMAN 09 military exercises at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

Warships from a dozen of countries Monday began their second phase of the two-week-long AMAN 09 military exercise at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi.

From March 9 to 12, some 20 warships will carry out exercises like going past mines, anti-terror operations, shooting floating objects, search and rescue, night encounter exercise, and cross deck landings by helicopter, according to sources close to AMAN 09,which in Urdu means peace.

China had also sent its naval ship and special forces to the AMAN 09 exercise.

This is the second exercise in the AMAN series. The slogan of the exercise is "Together for Peace".

The first series of AMAN exercises were held in March 2007 with the participation of 14 ships from Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States navies.

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