(PKONWEB) — PNS Alamgir was on a 4-day visit to Jeddah Port after long and tiring 50 days operational duty at sea including a stop in Oman to celebrate Pakistan Day on 23rd March.
During its port stop at Saudi western seabord, Mr. Tasawar Iqbal, Commanding Officer of Pakistan Naval ship PNS Alamgir, held a reception dinner on Tuesday in honor of Saudi Naval Officers, Consul Generals, Diplomats and Pakistan Community representatives.
Consul General of Pakistan Mr. Shahryar Akbar Khan and officers of Consulate were also present at the occasion.
Commodore Muhammad Saeed represented the Saudi Royal Forces. The dinner was held on the deck of the ship at Jeddah Islamic Port. The reception started with national anthems of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
The Commanding Officer welcomed the guests on board. In his welcome address he thanked the Saudi government for extending excellent hospitality to the officers and officials. He said that every Pakistani has a special place in his heart for kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also thanked the Saudi Government for extending them services to offer umrah.
Captain Tasawar said the uniqueness of the Royal Navy and Pakistan Navy is that most of the Senior Royal Saudi Naval Force officers are graduates of Pakistan Naval Academy. In the same manner Saudi Royal Forces has extended On Job training facilities to Pakistan Navy Officers on board their ships on regular basis. This base provides strength to our bilateral relations, he added.
Captain Tasawar said Pakistan believes in promoting peace and security in the region. It has remained committed to international resolve to maintain stability and to curb terrorism in all its forms. Pakistan Navy in cooperation with international and regional navies is participating in multi-national operations known as Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan and Counter Piracy deployments.
Present deployment of PNS Alamgir is reassertion of Pakistan that the maritime environment is not used for unlawful purpose, said Capt. Tasawar.
PNS Alamgir frigate that has a mission for Maritime Security Operations, is a member of the Pakistan Navy’s 18th Destroyer Squadron.
Later the Saudi and Pakistani Naval officers commemorated the day and the Pak- Saudi Naval ties by cutting a cake, together and Commodore Saeed presented a shield to the Commanding officer of Pakistan Navy.