Saudi and Chinese Navies started “Blue Sword 2019” Exercise in Jeddah

Saudi Arabia and China kick off a three-week naval exercise. (SPA)

The Saudi Royal Navy, represented by the Special Forces of the Western Fleet in Jeddah, yesterday carried out the mixed naval exercise “Blue Sword 2019”, with its counterpart from the Chinese Navy, in the presence of the Commander of the Western Fleet Maj. Gen. Faleh bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Faleh, and military attaché Lin Li, at the King Faisal Naval Base in the Western Fleet.

Director of Blue Sword 2019, Col. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Omari, in which he stressed the importance of this joint exercise, and that comes within the framework of facing all challenges, and maintaining peace and stability in the region, in addition to many objectives all-related to full readiness and maintenance of security and peace of the region and the world.

Col. Al-Omari explained that the exercise aims to build mutual trust, enhance cooperation between the Saudi and Chinese Navies, exchange experiences and develop the capacity of participants in the exercise in the field of maritime terrorism and piracy, and raise the level of training and combat readiness.

Later, Director of Exercise Operations Lt. Col. Tariq Bin Salem Al-Salem, presented a visual briefing on the activities of the exercise and its fields, adding to the stages of the exercise.

Afterwards, the commander of the Western Fleet welcomed the attendees, announcing the opening of the mixed naval exercise “Blue Sword 2019”, which will be carried out over three weeks, hoping that the objectives of this exercise to be achieved in the interest of the naval forces of the two friendly countries.