Pakistan Navy Ships Participate in International Fleet Review in Japan

Pakistan Navy Ships (PNS) comprising PNS NASR and PNS SHAMSHEER port-called Yokosuka, Japan and participated in International Fleet Review (IFR) organized to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Japan Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF). The IFR formation comprised 38 units including 18 ships and submarines from different navies. The visit of PNS to Japan and participation in IFR is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, enhancing interoperability between navies and to explore new vistas of defense cooperation.

Concurrent to the visit of PNS, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi was also on an official visit to Japan. The Admiral attended the 18th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), organized with an aim to strengthen mutual naval cooperation and discuss global and regional maritime issues among the navies of the world. 
PNS participated in IFR with other naval ships at Sagami Bay. CNS witnessed IFR from Japanese Ship IZUMO along with Japanese Prime Minister and naval heads of various navies. On the sidelines of IFR and Symposium activities, he had meetings with Chief of JMSDF, Chief of Japan Air Self Defense and Naval Chiefs of Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Royal Navy of the UK. During the meetings, matters of mutual interest, emerging shared security challenges in the maritime domain and bilateral naval collaboration were discussed.  
Earlier, during the port call at Yokosuka, the Mission Commander of PNS Flotilla along with Commanding Officers of PNS called on the senior naval leadership of Japan.

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