APP34-20 QATAR: March 20 - Pakistan Navy & Qatar Emiri Naval Force personnel during Bilateral Exercise Asad Al Bahr- I. APP

ISLAMABAD, Mar 20 (APP):After a successful visit to Qatar Pakistan Navy Ship HIMMAT and Pakistan Maritime Security Ship BASOL have left Port Hamad, Doha, said a press release issued here by directorate of general public relations of Pakistan Navy on Tuesday.
The ships, headed by Mission Commander Commodore M. Faisal Abbasi participated in the recently held Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX-2018).
The ships were seen off by seen off by QENF officers and Defence Attaché of Pakistan in Doha, Qatar on Monday.
The ships had reached Qatar on March 11. PN Ship HIMMAT is state-of-the-art indigenously built Fast Attack Craft (Missile) of Pakistan Navy, whereas PMSS BASOL belongs to latest HINGOL Class Maritime Patrol Vessels of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) also being indigenously constructed in Pakistan.
Upon arrival at Port Hamad, Doha, Pakistani ships actively participated in DIMDEX-2018, which was hosted by Qatar Armed Forces. Various events were arranged under DIMDEX-2018, which were attended by Defence and Security Ministers, Chief of Staffs, Chiefs of Navies, Coastguard Commanders
and representatives of Defence Ministries of the region and beyond.
In addition to PN units, ships from Bangladesh, Italy, India, Oman, Qatar, UK and USA
participated in DIMDEX-2018.
During this period, a reception dinner was also hosted onboard PMSS BASOL with an overwhelming response. The event was attended by Minister of Defence Production of Pakistan, DG PMSA, Ambassadors, Defence/ Naval Attaches and embassy officials from several foreign countries. In addition, Commander QENF and prominent members of Pakistani diasporas also attended the reception.
After culmination of DIMDEX-2018, first-ever Bilateral Exercise Asad Al Bahr-I between Pakistan Navy and QENF was conducted from March 15-18.
Besides Pakistani ships, QENF ships HUWAR, AL DEEBEL and AL LUWSAIL along with two MRTPs (Multi-Role Tactical Platform) participated in the exercise. The exercise is considered a historic benchmark which will certainly further solidify existing defence relations between the two brotherly Muslim countries.
Exercise Asad Al Bahr-I was planned to mutually benefit from each other’s experiences and enhance interoperability between the two navies.
The exercise involved tactical to operational level exercises in harbour and at sea including Air Defence, Force Protection and Maritime Infrastructure Protection exercises.
The exercise also laid a special focus on Combat Search & Rescue and Boarding Operations. The exercise remained professionally rewarding and will grow in scale, complexity and participation level of forces in times to come.