Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar visits the UK as part of overseas deployment
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Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar visits the UK as part of overseas deployment

16 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 16th, 2021 12:27)

PNS Zulfiquar visited Portsmouth and participated in the WHITE STAR-III exercise with the Royal Navy ship HMS Tyne.

Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar visits the UK as part of overseas deployment
Pakistan Navy Ship ZULFIQUAR and Royal Navy ship HMS TYNE off Portsmouth during WHITE STAR-III. Credit: Inter-Services Public Relations.

Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar has visited Portsmouth in the UK as part of its overseas deployment (OSD) and participated in a bilateral naval exercise.

PNS Zulfiquar participated in the third Pakistan Navy (PN)- Royal Navy (RN) naval exercise WHITE STAR-III held offshore Portsmouth.

The Pakistan vessel undertook the naval exercise with the Royal Navy ship HMS Tyne.

The exercise comprises advanced maritime manoeuvres such as Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) Boarding and Force Protection drills.

It is aimed at enhancing military cooperation through naval engagement and boost interoperability between the two navies.

Pakistan High Commissioner to UK Moazzam Ali Khan also visited onboard PNS Zulfiquar and interacted with Mission Commander commodore Syed Rizwan Khalid.

The Pakistan Navy director general public relations (DGPR) Twitter account statement read: “Upon arrival at the port, the ship was warmly welcomed by host officials. During the port stay, Mission Cdr along with CO called on Cdr Naval Base Portsmouth.”

“During the interaction, matters of mutual interest were discussed.”

The officials noted that matters of mutual interest and the contribution of the Pakistan Navy to regional peace and maritime security were acknowledged during the discussions.

PNS Zulfiquar’s visit to the UK will further boost relations between the two navies and help in strong diplomatic and military relations between the two countries.