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Chinese destroyer leaves for home after multinational exercise in S Pakistan
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10:18, March 15, 2009

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Chinese naval destroyer "Guangzhou" left Karachi Saturday afternoon at the end of ten-day "Peace 09" military exercise at the Arabia Sea off the southern Pakistani port of Karachi.

Military Attache at the Chinese embassy Major General Li Mengyan, Consul-General in Karachi Chen Shanmin and Rear Admiral of the Pakistani navy Kamran were among some 150 Pakistani sailors and Chinese at the port to see off the Chinese ship and its sailors.

Earlier, a flag-lowering ceremony was held at the Pakistan Navy Dockyard, marking the end of Exercise AMAN 09. This is the second exercise of AMAN series. AMAN is an Urdu word meaning "PEACE". Slogan of AMAN exercise is "Together for Peace".

Twenty warships, nine aircraft, six special force teams from 12countries participated in the military exercise on March 5-14, 2009. The exercise was divided into two phases.

During the first phase, seminars, workshops and cultural events were held ashore.

From March 9 to 12, some 20 warships carried out exercises like going past mines, anti-terror operations, shooting floating objects, search and rescue, night encounter exercise, and cross deck landings by helicopter.

Before departure, in an interview on board of the "Guangzhou" destroyer, Commander Senior Captain Chen Yueqi told Xinhua that China had sent its naval ship and a 12-member special force team to the AMAN 09 exercise only to show its goodwill for peace and its responsibility to maintain world peace and stability as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Chen said that China had stuck to its policy of peaceful development and the Chinese navy hoped to broaden exchanges and cooperation with other navies.

First of the AMAN series was held in March 2007 when 14 ships of Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States navies participated.


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