Pak­istan Navy ships visit sul­tanate to strengthen de­fence co­op­er­a­tion

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

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.

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