MSF Monitor December,2018

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Maritime Study Forum (MSF) Monitor endeavors to bring all aspects of maritime concern to our readers in a glimpse. The Monitor covers the Global maritime outlook, with special attention on Pakistan and the Indo-Pacific region. News, Opinions, Events, all things of interest are covered.

The month of December saw a major development in the maritime front in Pakistan, President Arif Alvi launched the first Maritime Doctrine of Pakistan; naval drills were held to promote the capacity of joint operations between Pakistan and Russia; an Oil Spill Response ‘Barracuda Exercise’ was organized by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). The Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi in the Command and Staff Conference of Pakistan Navy discussed matters related to operational preparedness, developmental plans of the Pakistan Navy, prevailing security situation and welfare of troops; PN survey ship was unveiled in China and PN inductedits first marinised and upgraded ATR aircraft and helicopters into its fleet. Captain Kashif Qasim wrote an excellent piece on the ‘Hangor’ event of 1971 and S. M. Hali highlighted, that all participants including the host PN gained tremendous professional experience through the ‘Aman Exercise’.

In the regional front we saw Iran launching a new Stealth Destroyer; Indian Navy accepting the second JFD submarine rescue system. Ahmed Quraishi discussed, Chabahar Port as a new flashpoint and Emanuele Scimia gave an insight on China’s geographic reach far beyond home waters.

In the global front we saw co-operation in the ‘Blue Economy’ domain between Angola and Norway along with other initiatives in this front; we saw French Navy and 14 West African states participating in Navy Exercise for Maritime Operations (NEMO) in the Gulf of Guinea; Russian and Indian Navy ships participating in ‘Indra Navy’ bilateral maritime exercise; a spy ship of British Royal Navy entering the Black Sea on Dec 17; the US Navy released an updated Plan for Maintaining Maritime Superiority and in the Strait of Kerch we saw US, Britain vowing to support Ukraine Navy. Maged Srour stressed, that Middle Eastern countries can overcome pressing challenges by developing Blue Economy and Ridvan Bari Urcosta discussed, the strategic dimensions of the Sea of Azov.

Notable events that were organized included a national level workshop MARSEW-18 was organized on the theme of Blue Economy – Prosperous Pakistan by PN. Maritime Winter School first of its kind in Pakistan was organized by the Maritime Study Forum (MSF) with the collaboration of Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA).

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