Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces Visits Pakistan
Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily visited Naval Headquarters Islamabad and called on Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces was received by Chief of the Naval Staff. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy clad in ceremonial dress presented him Guard of Honour. The visiting dignitary was then introduced to Chiefs of Staff and Principal Staff Officers.
Later, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily called on Chief of the Naval Staff in his office, where discussions on professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration were held. Various avenues of cooperation between the two Navies were discussed. A comprehensive brief was also given to the visiting dignitary.
Visit of Naval Headquarters was followed by an impressive investiture ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Saddar, where Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily was conferred with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) by President Mr. Mamnoon Hussain; one of Pakistan’s highest military awards, in recognition of his distinguished services and significant contributions towards further strengthening fraternal ties between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in general and Navies of both the brotherly nations in particular.
During the second leg of his visit, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily met Naval Field Commands at Lahore and Karachi.
During the visit at Karachi, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily called on Commander Karachi, Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar, Commander Coast, Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas and Commander Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi in separate meetings. During the meetings, professional matters and various avenues of bilateral collaboration came under discussion. The Saudi Admiral lauded Pakistan Navy’s role and focused commitment in support of maritime security for peace and stability in the region.
The dignitary also visited Pakistan Navy establishments PNS BAHADUR and PNS RAHBAR and interacted with Royal Saudi Naval Forces officers and cadets presently undergoing training. During the interaction, Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces advised them to hold fast to the qualities of honour, integrity and selfless devotion. He also encouraged them to develop their knowledge, skills and efficiency to defend their country in a befitting manner. Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily is also an alumnus of Pakistan Naval Academy.
Later, Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces visited Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT. Upon arrival, Commander RSNF was received by Commander Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and was presented Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy. The dignitary also interacted with the crew of the ship. During the interaction, Saudi commander appreciated the professionalism of officers and men of Pakistan Navy.
Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily also visited Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works, where he was given a brief overview of ongoing construction projects being executed at KS&EW. Subsequently, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily visited Joint Maritime Information & Coordination Centre and lauded the efforts of Pakistan Navy for establishing an inter-agency coordination body which is serving as a Nerve Centre between all maritime stakeholders.
Earlier, the dignitary, during his visit to Pakistan Navy War College Lahore, called on Commandant Pakistan Navy War College Rear Admiral Naveed Ahmed Rizvi.
Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces enjoy a long-standing and brotherly relationship. In the formative years of Royal Saudi Naval Forces, training facilities and technical advice rendered by Pakistan Navy laid solid foundation for the development of close ties between the two Navies. A number of senior officers of Royal Saudi Naval Forces were trained in Pakistan. It is pertinent to highlight that Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily, is the third consecutive Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces who is a graduate of Pakistan Naval Academy. After assuming the office of Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, this is his first official visit to any foreign country, which is a reflection of his close association with Pakistan.