Pakistan Navy ships on 3-day goodwill visit to the Maldives

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising multi-mission frigate PNS Saif and combat support ship PNS Nasr is on an Overseas Deployment to South East Asian countries under the command of Commodore Zaka Ur Rehman, Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron as mission commander.

During the overseas deployment, these naval ships undertook a 3-day goodwill visit to Port of Male in the Maldives — a nation of nearly 1,200 islands southwest of India, best known as a spectacular vacation destination. The country has fewer than 400,000 people.

Upon arrival in Maldives, the PN flotilla was warmly received by Principle Director of Maldivian Coast Guard, Lt Col Muhammad Saleem, Officers from Maldives National Defense Forces (MNDF) and Pakistan Embassy staff.

During the stay, PN Mission Commander along with Commanding Officers of both ships held meetings with various high ranking officials of MNDF.

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Matters related to bilateral issues were discussed, an official statement said.

As part the port visit, the PN flotilla conducted Passage Exercise with Maldives Coast Guard boats in the Indian Ocean with an aim to enhance interoperability between the two maritime forces.

Maldives lies at the crosspoint of Indian ocean and the Arabian sea, having attained additional significance after it appeared on China’s 21st Century New Maritime Silk Road initiative linking China with the Middle East and Africa with Gwadar port on Pakistan’s Balochistan coastline serving as China’s western shipping and trade corridor.

A reception was hosted on board the Pakistani naval ship attended by dignitaries from the Government, Military and the Civil sectors.

Maj Gen Ahmed Shiyam, Chief of Defense Force MNDF was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

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