U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) ships Charles Moulthrope and Emlen Tunnell visited Karachi during a scheduled port call. Upon arrival at Karachi Port, USCG ships were received by officials of Pakistan Navy and U.S. Embassy with traditional warmth and cordiality. The U.S. ships’ visit includes various operational activities including professional exchanges through meeting sessions at the harbor and joint maritime exercises at sea.
During the stay, Commanding Officers of USCG ships called on Commander Pakistan Navy Fleet and Director General Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). Matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meetings. On completion of the port visit, joint maritime exercises between USCG, Pakistan Navy (PN) and PMSA Ships were conducted in the North Arabian Sea. The exercises comprised defense against asymmetric attacks, boarding, search and rescue operations and patrolling. The aim of the exercise was to build synergy and enhance interoperability.
The visit of USCG Ships and conduct of joint maritime exercises is indicative of PN's recognition as a reckonable force and shows its resolve to maintain regional stability and good order at sea under a collaborative framework to cooperate with partner countries operating in the region.
It is expected that the visit of USCG Ships and conduct of bilateral exercises will further promote the existing cooperation between the two countries in general and navies in particular.
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