Pakistan Navy ships visit sultanate to strengthen defence cooperation
Muscat - A group of Pakistan Navy ships including PNS Rahnaward (Sail Training Ship), PNS Gwadar (Coastal Tanker) and Pakistan Maritime Security Ship Dasht were on a goodwill visit to Muscat from December 31, 2019 to January 3, 2020. The goodwill mission was led by Commodore Awal Khan SI(M), Commander 9th Auxiliary & Mine Warfare Squadron (Comauxmin-9) as Mission Commander.
On December 31, Commodore Awal Khan SI(M), Mission Commander along with Commanding Officers PN Ships/PMSS Ship called on H E K K Ahsan Wagan, Ambassador of Pakistan. While appreciating the role played by Pakistan Navy in promoting historically fraternal ties with the two navies, ambassador gave a comprehensive briefing on the relations existing between the two countries and appreciated increase in the frequency of goodwill visits by Pakistan Navy ships.
Such visits are greatly contributing to enhancing defence ties between the two sides.
On January 1, 2020, a reception was hosted onboard Pakistan Navy Ship Rahnaward for senior officers of Sultan’s Armed Forces and prominent Pakistan community members.
Commodore Sultan bin Abdullah bin Sultan al Alawi, director general operation and plans, Royal Navy of Oman was the chief guest on the occasion. On January 1, 2020, Mission Commander and Commanding Officers called on Commodore Sultan bin Abdullah bin Sultan al Alawi, director general operations and plans, Royal Navy of
Oman (RNO). On January 2, 2020, Mission Commander and Commanding Officers called on Col Ali Maqbali, director general, Coast Guard, ROP.
During the meeting, they discussed cooperation between Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and Omani Coast Guard.
The visit by Pakistan Navy ships is aimed at strengthening friendship between Oman and Pakistan in general and RNO and Pakistan Navy in particular as well as exploring new areas for future collaborative initiatives between the two countries. The goodwill visit will surely contribute towards improving interoperability and learning from each other’s experiences on maritime operations.
Upon departing Port Sultan Qaboos, Pakistani sailing vessel Rahnaward conducted bilateral Passage Exercise with Omani sailing vessel RNOV Shabab Oman II.