Pak Naval Chief arrives in London, Attends Strategic Round Conference,

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Naval platforms under construction in Romania

LONDON: Pakistan Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi held talks with his British counterpart First Sea Lord and UK Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Tony Radakin and other naval officials during his official visit to Britain on Monday.

During the visit, Naval Chief called on Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships) and was conferred with Britannia Royal Naval College Medal. The admiral also attended Strategic Round Conference and visited UK’s National Maritime Information Centre and British Think Tank, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) where he also delivered a Talk.

Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi separately called on First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin in Ministry of Defence, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships) Rear Admiral Jim Higham & Chaplain of the Fleet Martyn John Gough at Naval Command Headquarters. The Admiral was presented a ceremonial Guard of Honour at the occasion.

During meetings with the dignitaries, matters related to maritime security and mutual interest including bilateral naval collaboration were discussed. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan Navy’s efforts for ensuring maritime security in the region. Chief of the Naval Staff also thanked Royal Naval Chief for participation of Royal Navy in Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19 held at Karachi. The dignitaries appreciated Pakistan Navy’s role in support of collaborative maritime security in the region. All the dignitaries agreed on further enhancing the interaction in diverse fields of naval collaboration.

Chief of the Naval Staff also attended a Strategic Round Conference alongwith First Sea Lord and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy). A Great Cabin Dinner onboard Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) VICTORY was hosted in honour of Chief of the Naval Staff where he was also conferred with Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) Medal by the First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin. Admiral Zaraf Mahmood Abbasi also visited HMS DIAMOND.

Thereafter, Chief of the Naval Staff visited National Maritime Information Centre and was given brief on operational aspects. Later, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited IISS where he also delivered a talk and had an informal interaction with Intelligentsia, academia and media personnel.

It is expected that the recent visit of the Naval Chief will further augment and expand defence ties between the two countries in general and navies in particular.

Romania visit

Earlier, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Saturday discussed regional security and stability, and matters of mutual interest with the Romanian defence officials during his official visit. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Romanian Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces and also visited DAMEN Shipyards at Galati. Upon his arrival at Naval Headquarters in Bucharest, he was received by Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu.

A ceremonial Guard of Honour was presented to the Naval Chief at the occasion. During the meeting, issues related to regional maritime security and professional interest were discussed. The Naval Chief highlighted Pakistan Navy’s efforts for ensuring maritime security in the region through various peace initiatives and thanked Vice Admiral Alexandru for participation of Romanian Navy in Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19 held at Karachi. The Romanian Naval Chief appreciated Pakistan Navy’s role in collaborative maritime security.

Both the dignitaries looked forward to further enhancing the interaction in diverse fields of naval collaboration. A reception dinner was also hosted by Vice Admiral Alexandru Mirsu in honour of Chief of the Naval Staff. During a separate meeting with Romanian Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Daniel Petrescu in Ministry of Defence at Bucharest, issues related to regional security and stability and mutual interest, including bilateral military collaboration were discussed. Later, the Naval Chief visited DAMEN Shipyards at Galati where he was received by managing director and senior hierarchy of the shipyard.

The Admiral was given detailed briefings on progress of Pakistan Navy projects. Thereafter, Chief of the Naval Staff also witnessed the work on under construction Pakistan Navy platforms. The Naval Chief lauded the professionalism of DAMEN Shipyards and cooperation in delivering cutting edge technologies to Pakistan Navy.

A spokesman commented on the visit that both countries look forward to further enhancing the interaction in diverse fields of naval collaboration. “It is expected that the recent visit of the Naval Chief will further augment and expand defence ties between the two countries in general and navies in particular.”