PNS Zulfiqar visited Portsmouth,
Participates in White Star Exercise

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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.

Pakistan High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmed Khan, his spouse, Mission Commander and other officials at the Pakistan Navy ship PNS Zulfiqar.

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.

Mission Commander presenting souvenir to Pakistan High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmed Khan at the ship.

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.

Pakistan Navy Ship PNS Zulfiquar and Royal Navy Shaip HMS Ryne during exercise White Star Exercise

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.

Group photo of Pakistan and Royal Navy Special team onboard PNS Zulfiquar during exercise What Star III.

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.