Pakistan Navy conducts joint drills with France, Morocco
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Saif on Sunday conducted joint drills with French and Moroccan ships at conclusion of its visit to port of Casablanca in Morocco.
PNS SAIF conducted trilateral passage exercise (PASSEX) off Casablanca with French Navy Ship MISTRAL (L-9013) and Moroccan Navy Ship ALLAL BEN ABDALLAH (F-941). The purpose of the exercise was to enhance maritime maneuvers, operational capacities and skills with navies of friendly countries.
Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF visited Port Casablanca, Morocco for goodwill cum training visit. PNS SAIF is the frontline warship of PN Fleet’s 18th Destroyer Squadron. The ship is fitted with state of the art weapons and sensors for undertaking all types of Maritime Operations in multi-threat environment. The ship is also embarked with organic Anti-Submarine Warfare helicopter Z9EC.
During the visit, Commander Coast Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas met senior authorities and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in Morocco.
They discussed issues of mutual interest and agreed to improve mutual cooperation in the maritime field. The commander coast expressed good wishes for people and navy of Morocco on behalf of Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.
He also extended his gratitude for the whole-hearted support provided by Moroccan Navy and Casablanca Port Authorities in making ship’s stay comfortable and professionally rewarding.
A reception was also held onboard which was attended by large number of diplomatic community, Defence Attaches’ and Senior Moroccan military officials.
Upon arrival at Port Casablanca, the ship was received by Moroccan Navy Liaison Officer and officials from Embassy of Pakistan in Rabat.
Pakistan and Morocco enjoy close and brotherly ties at all levels of diplomatic and defence relations. Pakistan Navy is duly cognizant of the need to enhance maritime collaboration with navies of friendly countries in the form of regular ships’ port visits, extension of its training facilities, participation in multilateral exercises and visits of senior PN officers to explore new avenues of bilateral cooperation.
This ship visit came after a gap of 13 years as last port call by PN ships to this important North African Muslim country took place in year 2005.