First Deployment of Pakistan Navy Ship Under Regional Maritime Security Patrol

Pakistan Navy ship SAIF visited Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Port Muscat, Oman during first regional maritime security patrol (RMSP) deployment instituted recently by Pakistan Navy. The objective of RMSP is to maintain presence along critical choke points/maritime areas to fulfill international obligations for maritime security and safeguard national shipping while observing freedom of navigation across high seas. 

During stay at Port Jeddah, Commanding Officer of PNS SAIF Captain Shahid Wasif called on senior Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) officials, including Rear Admiral Hamid Bin Bakhit Aljahni, RSNF Western Fleet Commander and other senior military officials. During the call, Commanding Officer PNS SAIF conveyed well wishes from Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi to the people of Saudi Arabia and the RSNF personnel. 

During the four-day stay at Port, the ship’s crew visited different RSNF training facilities. Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Vice Admiral (Retd) Khan Hasham Bin Saddique went onboard and interacted with the crew. A reception dinner was also hosted onboard in the honour of diplomats and officials from RSNF.

During the visit to Port Muscat, Oman, Commanding Officer of PNS SAIF called on Royal Navy of Oman’s Head of Fleet Staff and other officials. A reception was also hosted onboard PNS SAIF; Commodore Saif Bin Mohammad Al Habsi, Commanding Officer Said Bin Sultan Naval Base graced the occasion as chief guest, while Mr. Ali Javed Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Pakistan was the chief host of the event. The reception was attended by large number of guests including Pakistani and Omani community members, diplomats, officials and other dignitaries. The ship remained open for local visitors, which provided unique opportunity to overseas Pakistanis to have a glimpse of life onboard.

Officers and men of PNS SAIF were engaged in various interactions during the Port visit to ensure continuity in bilateral collaboration.  In order to enhance interoperability with Royal Oman Navy (RNOV), PNS SAIF also conducted passage exercise (PASSEX) with RNOV ship KHASSAB. Upon completion of PASSEX, PNS SAIF resumed RMSPs in the Gulf of Aden.

The visit of PNS SAIF is expected to provide new vistas to further strengthen relations with friendly countries. 

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