Naval forces, as extension of government's foreign policy, have historically contributed to strengthen the bonds of friendship between nations through goodwill visits. Cognizant of this fact, Pakistan Navy has always endeavoured to enhance collaboration with friendly countries. Hence, Pakistan Navy’s ships frequently visit ports of friendly countries during overseas deployment to promote peace and security in the region, enhance maritime collaboration and open new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the friendly countries. In this backdrop, brief account of recent visit by PN ships is enumerated.
Pakistan Navy Flotilla Visit to Muscat
Pakistan Navy Flotilla comprising submarine Hurmat along with PNS Rahnaward (sail ship) and PNS Rasadgar (support ship) visited Muscat. Commander Submarines, Commodore Altaf Hussain commanded the flotilla as Mission Commander.
On arrival at Port Sultan Qaboos, the ships were given a warm welcome by Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). During the visit, Mission Commander and Commanding Officers of PN ships and submarine held important meetings with various RNO officials. A large number of RNO personnel, Pakistani expatriates in Oman, military/naval attachés and officers from Sultan Armed Forces visited PN units. The visit afforded crews of visiting ships to hold professional interactions with the personnel of Royal Navy of Oman. On completion of port visit, while leaving Port Sultan Qaboos, PNS Rahnaward sailed together with RNO sail ship SHABAB OMAN-II. Both ships also exchanged crew members on this occasion for sharing experiences in the art of sailing.
Pakistan Navy Ships Visit Mauritius and Seychelles
Pakistan Navy Task Group comprising Pakistan Navy ships Khaibar (Type-21 frigate) and Nasr (combat support ship) during an overseas deployment to East African Countries and Island States of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) visited Port Louis, Mauritius and Port Victoria, Seychelles.
The visit of PN ships to Mauritius was aimed at joining the commencement of 50th independence celebrations of Mauritius. The period also signifies the 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Republic of Mauritius. Due to significance of the historic occasion, Commander Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi also joined Pakistan Navy Task Group at Mauritius.
During the visit, Commander Pakistan Fleet along with Mission Commander Commodore Javaid Iqbal and Commanding Officers of PN ships held important meetings with high level civil and military leadership of Mauritius including H.E Mrs. Ameenah Gurib Fakim, President of Republic of Mauritius and H.E Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Republic of Mauritius, and discussed matters of mutual interest and avenues for enhanced cooperation.
Taking the opportunity, officers and men of PN ships visited Mauritius Coast Guard Training Centre while Officers and men of Mauritius Coast Guard visited PN ships to attend Maritime Interdiction Operations & Counter Piracy workshop. A reception dinner was hosted onboard PNS Nasr to mark the 50th year of standing diplomatic relations between both the countries, which were established soon after gaining of independence by Democratic Republic of Mauritius. The dinner was attended by high level diplomats, government officials, Pakistani community and other notables from civil society.
Earlier, during the visit to Port Victoria, Seychelles, the Mission Commander along with Commanding Officers of the ships held meetings with military leadership of Seychelles including Ambassador Maurice Loustau Lalanne, Minister of Tourism and Brigadier Leopold F. Payet, Chief of Seychelles Peoples Defence Forces, and discussed matters of mutual interests.
Philanthropic activities like visit to St. Elizabeth Orphanage and La Retraite Elderly Home were also undertaken with donation of gifts. Officers and men of both the ships also visited Regional Coordination Operations Centre (RCOC) and discussed the importance of information sharing in maritime domain.
Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF Visits Malaysia, China and Thailand
PNS SAIF visited Malaysian Port Lumut for goodwill-cum-training visit. Upon arrival at Port Lumut, the ship was received by High Commissioner and Defence Adviser of Pakistan at Malaysia. During the stay at port, Commanding Officer of the ship called-on First Admiral Abu Bakar Bin Mohd Ajis, Deputy Western Fleet Commander Royal Malaysian Navy.
During the call-on, Commanding Officer PNS Saif extended well wishes on behalf of the Pakistan Navy Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi to the people of Malaysia in general and Royal Malaysian Navy in particular.
With an aim to enhance cooperation and interoperability between the two navies at tactical level, PNS Saif also conducted naval drills and exercises at sea with Malaysian Navy Ship KD Selangor (FFG-176). During the three days stay at the port, cross-ship visits and reception onboard PNS Saif were also held.
Earlier, PNS Saif has also visited Shanghai, China to participate in 5th PN-PLA(N) bilateral exercise and Pattaya, Thailand to partake in 50th anniversary of ASEAN and International Fleet Review (IFR-2017) organized by Royal Thai Navy (RTN).
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