PORTSMOUTH: Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar departed Naval Base Portsmouth, UK on 14th morning to participate in Pakistan Navy – Royal Navy (PN-RN) bilateral White Star Exercise in British waters off the coast of England.
Exercise White Star aims at enhancing interoperability and learning from each other’s experiences on maritime security operations while demonstrating combined sea manoeuvres. Thereafter, the ship will set course to its next destination towards Baltic Sea.
The ship stayed at Portsmouth for two days. Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Moazzam Ahmad Khan also visited the ship and received a briefing about the visit. He expressed well wishes to the Mission Commander and the crew of the ship. The High Commissioner hoped such visits would further strengthen Pakistan-UK defence, security and diplomatic ties.
The PNS Zulfiquar, with embarked helicopter, visited Naval Base Portsmouth (UK) from 12-14 July 2021 as part of Pakistan Navy’s overseas deployment. Earlier, it visited port Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia.
The ship was received by Deputy High Commissioner Dr Faisal Aziz and Defence & Naval Adviser Commodore Jamal Alam together with senior Royal Navy officials.
Commodore Syed Rizwan Khalid is the Mission Commander whereas Captain Rao Ahmed Imran Anwar is the Commanding Officer at the PNS Zulfiqar.
The ship also participated in a bilateral exercise with the Royal Navy after the port visit. The visit was aimed at enhancing bilateral maritime cooperation between Pakistan and the UK navies.