Pakistan Navy war ship SAIF visits Colombo


ISLAMABAD, Nov 09 (APP):Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF with embarked ASW
(Anti-Submarine Warfare) helicopter Z9EC visited Port Colombo, Sri Lanka from 5
-8 November 2017 for goodwill-cum-training visit.
Upon arrival at Colombo, a warm welcome was given by Sri Lankan Navy (SLN), said a
news release issued here by Public Relations Directorate of Pakistan Navy.
During stay at the port, Captain Shahzad Iqbal, Commanding
Officer PNS SAIF called on senior naval officials from SLN, including their Commander
Admiral S S Ranasinghe, Cdr Western Naval Area Command, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, Director General Operations Rear Admiral KKVPH De Silva as well as other high ranking officials.
During the three days stay at port, PN officers and men visited different Sri Lankan Navy units,
installations, training facilities. The ship also participated in bilateral naval exercises with Sri Lankan Navy Ship SLNS SAYURA on completion of port visit.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan enjoy brotherly relations, which have further strengthened
over the years. During emergency situation in Sri Lanka in May this year in the
aftermath of flash floods and land sliding due to torrential rains, another PN
ship, PNS ZULFIQUAR was immediately dispatched by the Pakistan government for
Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission. The timely
assistance rendered by the ship was highly praised by the Sri Lankan government
and widely acknowledged in their local media.
The PNS SAIF is frontline warship of Pakistan Navy
fleet, fitted with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors and is capable of
undertaking all types of maritime operations in multi threat environment.
The visit provided ample opportunity to Pakistan and SLN officers and men
to learn through professional interactions with their counterparts and enhance
interoperability and mutual coordination.